Albany Law Hosts 21 Law Schools for National Moot Court Competition

3/4/2010 | Facebook | Twitter | Email

Twenty-three teams from 21 law schools around the country participated in the 22 nd Annual Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition, hosted by Albany Law School in late February.

The 23 teams faced off over a hypothetical dispute between two divorced parents of an autistic child due to a change in financial circumstances for one of the parents and a change in educational needs for the child. Each team of law students acted as either the appellant or respondent on the case.

Each year the competition focuses on emerging and controversial issues in family law. Teams of two current law students compete in both written and oral advocacy skills, and they are judged by prominent state and federal judges, Albany Law School professors, members of local bar associations and members of the Albany Law Moot Court Board.

After two days of competition, shortened from three due to inclement weather, the team from Florida State University College of Law emerged with the victory by beating Valparaiso University School of Law in the final round.

As the host, Albany Law School does not compete. The participating institutions were:

  • Appalachian School of Law
  • Barry University School of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • George Mason University School of Law
  • New York Law School
  • New York University School of Law
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • St. John's University School of Law
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Widener University School of Law
  • William and Mary Law School

The Gabrielli Competition was created to honor the late Domenick L. Gabrielli, an Albany Law School graduate who served as an associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals for 10 years.