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CUNY Hosts Moot Court Competition

September 25, 2008

CUNY Moot Court hosted the oral arguments of the Thirteenth Annual CUNY Moot Court Summer Competition on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. The team of Stephen Rutkowski (2L) and Davida Silverman (2L) won the final round of the competition against the second place team of Reka Bala (2L) and Madhuri Kumar (2L). Davida Silverman won the Best Oralist Award.

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(Photo) Participants in the Thirteenth Annual CUNY Moot Court Summer Competition
(Photo) Participants in the Thirteenth Annual CUNY Moot Court Summer Competition

The team of Andrew Lisko (2L) and Michael Scimone (3L) won the Best Brief Award. Rebeka Penberg (2L) won the Best Oralist Award for the Preliminary Rounds. In addition, 26 students have been selected to join the Moot Court team.

The Annual Moot Court Summer Competition and Advocacy Training program is held every year for CUNY students interested in joining CUNY Moot Court. Students are given a case record and must prepare a substantial appellate brief based upon their own research. After each team submits its appellate brief in late summer, the students argue the issues before a panel of judges. Students who meet a base score in the competition are invited to become members of Moot Court.

The Summer Competition is organized and run by current Moot Court members. The Summer Competition Coordinator was Tracy Sabbah (3L), and the Summer Competition Committee included Robyn Enes (3L), Bobby Link (3L), and Corey Riday-White (3L). Current first-year students acted as bailiffs and timekeepers, and judges included alum, faculty, attorneys, and practicing judges. The final round panel of judges consisted of: the Hon. Bryanne Hamill of Kings County Family Court, the Hon. Sondra Pardes of Nassau County District Court; Mike Shender of the Asst. Corporation Counsel’s office; Professor and Assistant Dean Angela Burton; and CUNY School of Law Dean Michelle J. Anderson.

Congratulations to the following students who successfully completed the Summer Competition and are now new members of CUNY Moot Court: Jody Agostinelli (3L), Beena Ahmed (2L), Timothy Auh (2L), Reka Bala (2L), James Barron (3L), Bridgette Bissonnette (2L), Chris Burt (3L), Danna Cohen (2L), Ryan Dooley (3L), Christy Foley (2L), Laura Ghita (3L), Holly Hobart (3L), Madhuri Kumar (2L), Andrew Lisko (2L), Bernadette O’Donnell (2L), Talia Peleg (2L), Rebeka Penberg (2L), Yvette Rosario (2L), Stephen Rutkowski (2L), Michael Scimone (3L), Julia Seifer-Smith (2L), Moh Sharma (3L), Davida Silverman (2L), Megan Stuart (3L), Rauiro Vidal (2L), Courtenay Wood (2L).


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