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Albany Law School's
30th Annual Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition, held March 1-3, 2018, will include 24 teams from across the U.S.
This year's problem—prepared by competition chair Sydney I. Taylor—will address whether a provision in a separation agreement requiring the noncustodial parent to pay “college tuition” obligates him to pay his child’s tuition at a trade school and for longer than four years. Competitors will also argue whether an indigent parent must be provided with counsel when he faces incarceration for civil contempt due to his failure to pay child support.
Twenty law schools will be represented:
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University (New York, NY)†
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (Provo, UT)
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Cleveland, OH)
Florida Coastal School of Law (Jacksonville, FL)*
Florida State University College of Law (Tallahassee, FL)
Howard University School of Law (Washington, DC)
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center (Baton Rouge, LA)
New York Law School (New York, NY)*
Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law (Davie, FL)
Quinnipiac University School of Law (North Haven, CT)
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law (Birmingham, AL)
Seton Hall School of Law (Newark, NJ)*
SMU Dedman School of Law (Dallas, TX)*†
University of Baltimore School of Law (Baltimore, MD)
University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC)†
University of Miami School of Law (Coral Gables, FL)
University of Mississippi School of Law (University, MS)
Villanova University, Charles Widger School of Law (Villanova, PA)
Wake Forest University School of Law (Winston-Salem, NC)
Widener University Commonwealth Law School (Harrisburg, PA)
†Competing for the first time
Teams that make it to the March 3 final round will argue in front of a bench of distinguished judges:
Hon. Daniel J. Stewart ’88, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York;
Hon. Michael C. Lynch ’79, New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department; Hon. George R. Bartlett III ’77, Schoharie County Surrogate and Family Court; Hon. Jennifer A. Jensen Bergan, Saratoga County Family Court; and Alicia Ouellette ’94, President & Dean, Albany Law School.
Last year's competition was won by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.