Albany Law Team Ranks Top Eight at National Moot Court Contest

4/2/2013 | Facebook|Twitter|Email

Albany Law School's team finished in the top eight of 42 teams from around the country at the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, hosted by Seton Hall University School of Law in late March.

The law school's team, pictured to the left, was comprised of Robert Smith ’14, Michael Yetter ’14, Jocelyn McGrath ’15, Justin Salkin ’13 (student coach), Professor Donna Young (faculty advisor), and Kenneth “KC” Weafer, Esq. (team coach). The group advanced through multiple rounds before losing to an eventual finalist in the competition.

The John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, now in its 20th year, focuses on timely issues of criminal procedure and criminal law. Each team writes one brief, representing the party of its choice, and each team also argues both sides during oral argument.

Through the Albany Law School Moot Court Program, which includes interschool and intraschool competitions, more than 50 percent of the law school's students receive intensive practical training in oral and written appellate advocacy, trial advocacy, and client counseling and negotiation skills.