Albany Law School will be closed today until 4pm due to the weather.
Twenty-one teams from across the U.S. are ready to meet in the
28th Annual Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition, to be held March 3 to 5 at Albany Law School.
This year's problem — prepared by competition chair Samantha E. Stagias '16 — will focus on whether a state’s artificial insemination statute should be read in conjunction with the state’s three-parent statute to allow a biological father to seek parental rights over a child conceived using artificial insemination. Competitors will also argue whether granting parental rights to the biological father under the three-parent statute would be in the best interest of the child.
Seventeen law schools will be represented:
Brooklyn Law School
City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law
Florida Coastal School of Law*
Florida State University College of Law
Indiana University Maurer School of Law*
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Michigan State University College of Law
New York Law School
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law*
University of Baltimore School of Law
University of Mississippi School of Law
University of North Dakota School of Law*
Wake Forest University School of Law
Widener University, Delaware School of Law
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
William & Mary Law School
Teams that make it to the March 5 final round will argue in front of a bench of skilled and highly regarded judges: Hon. David N. Hurd, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; Hon. Christine M. Clark '96, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Dept.; Hon. Elizabeth A. Garry '90, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Dept.; Hon. Robert M. Jacon '73, Rensselaer County Court; Hon. Mark L. Powers '09, Schenectady County Family Court; and Hon. Richard Rivera '91, Albany County Family Court.
Last year's competition was won by Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center.