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Twenty-one teams from across the U.S. will meet at Albany Law School for the
29th Annual Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition, which will be held from Thursday, March 2, through Saturday, March 4.
This year's problem — prepared by competition chair Kayla C. Champagne '17 — will focus on whether the biological parents of triplet fetuses can force their surrogate to have a selective reduction when one of the fetuses has anencephaly. Also, the competitors will argue whether the biological parents are liable for intentional infliction of emotional distress for their many efforts to convince their surrogate to have a selective reduction.
Seventeen law schools will be represented:
Brooklyn Law School
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Florida Coastal School of Law*
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
New York Law School*
Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Samford University, Cumberland 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, Commonwealth Law School
Widener University, Delaware Law School
William & Mary Law School
Teams that make it to the March 4 final round will argue in front of a bench of distinguished judges:
Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo '77, former New York Court of Appeals Judge;
Hon. Elizabeth A. Garry '90, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Dept.;
Hon. Michael C. Lynch '79, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Dept.;
Hon. David N. Hurd, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; and
Hon. George R. Bartlett III '77, Schoharie County Surrogate and Family Court.
Last year's competition was won by Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center.