Matthew L. Tulio, Competition Chair
Jazmin N. Vargas, Competition Associate
Prof. Rosemary Queenan, Faculty Advisor
Overview of Competitions Requirements:Eligibility:
All second-year Albany Law students who have completed Introduction to
Lawyering and have a GPA of 2.0 or above may participate in the
Team Organization: Participants may choose
their own partners and team members cannot be changed after the final
date for submission of briefs, except under exceptional circumstances.
Brief: Each team must prepare one appellate
brief. The case record is clearly divided into two separate issues for
ease of dividing work.
Oral Arguments: Each team must argue in two
preliminary rounds for a maximum of 24 minutes, with each individual
required to argue at least 10 minutes.
Judges: A panel of three judges
evaluates each argument and judges from the New York Court of Appeals or
the Federal bench traditionally hear the final round.
2012 Competition Results:
2012 was another exceptional competition year with more than 23 teams in the competition.
This year's Final Round was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, where the competitors argued the following issues:
-Whether the Trial Court erred in denying the motion to suppress the handgun.
-Whether the Trial Court erred in admitting specific testimony under Federal Rule of Evidence 701, which controls the admittance of lay testimony evidence and requires that the testimony must be rationally based on the witness' preception.
The Finalist teams argued in front of a panel of very impressive and skilled judges. The panel consisted of:
The Hon. Margaret M. Cangilos-Ruiz, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of New YorkThe Hon. David N. Hurd, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New YorkThe Hon. Frederick J. Scullin, Jr., U.S. District Court, Northern District of New YorkThe Hon. Gary L. Sharpe, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New YorkMellisa Breger, Professor of Law, Albany Law School
The Winners of the 2012 Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Competition are:
Jaclyn Bunce '14 & Jocelyn McGrath '14!
Congratulations as well to the finalists,
Brynne Grady '14 & Jay Plumley '14!
(From Left) Champions Jaclyn Bunce '14 and Jocelyn McGrath '14, Domenick L. Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Competition Faculty Advisor Prof. Rosemary Queenan, Finalists Brynne Grady '14 & Jay Plumley '14
Additional 2012 Competition Results:
Best Oral Advocate:
1st Place: Michael White
2nd Place: Brynne Grady
3rd Place: Cheyenne James
1st Place: Keri Bagala & Margot Hanstein
2nd Place: Carly Krall & Mary Ellen Nocero
3rd Place: Tom Buchan & Michael Zielenski
--Jared Dujack & John Keller
--Michael Zielenski & Thomas Buchan
--Kelly Nadeau & Joshua Greenfield
--Cheyenne James & Kathleen Rivers
--Michael White & Keith Cronin
--Tyler Waterfield & Alana Brady
2011 Competition Results:
2011 was another exceptional competition year with more than 37 teams in the competition.
The 2011 Gabrielli competitors argued the following issues:
-Whether the admitting of non-verbal blinking testimony fell under the
"excited utterance" exception for hearsay under the Federal Rules of Evidence.
-Whether or not the admittance of the evidence was proper under the
Confrontation Clause of the United States Constitution's Sixth Amendment.
Congratulations to the 2011 Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Champions Andrea A. Long & Michelle K. Mallette and Finalists Nadia I. Arginteanu & Mackenzie M. Keane!
The Hon. Elizabeth A. Gary, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third DepartmentThe Hon. David N. Hurd, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New YorkThe Hon. Thomas J. McAvoy, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New YorkThe Hon. Gary L. Sharpe, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New YorkMary A. Lynch, Professor of Law, Albany Law School
Other Award Winners
Best Brief: Michael J. Lopes & Elie Salamon Second Best Brief: Nadia I. Arginteanu & Mackenzie M. KeaneThird Best Brief: Marc A. Casale & Matthew L. Tulio Best Oral Advocate: Andrea A. LongSecond Best Oral Advocate: Michelle K. Mallette & Dana P. Stanton (tied)Third Best Oral Advocate: Laura K. Bomyea