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Domenick L. Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Competition is in the books, with Mara Afzali ’17 and Tyler Robbins ’17 coming out on top.
A bench of five judges chose Afzali and Robbins over finalists Gabriella Levine ‘17 and Tess McLaughlin ‘17 after hearing oral arguments on Thursday, Nov. 12. Kristen Green ’16, executive director of Albany Law School's
Anthony V. Cardona '70 Moot Court Program, said it was a tough decision.
“The judges noted that both teams had exceptional record knowledge, provided quick and well-developed answers to tough questions, and remained organized in their arguments,” Green said.
It was the second contest in as many months.
Kellan Potts ’16 and Erica Waters ’15 won the
Donna Jo Morse Client Counseling Competition on Oct. 27, edging Kerry Cunningham ’16 and Christopher Yagoobian ’16. A panel of three judges said it was a “difficult” one to call as both teams performed “exceptionally well,” according to Green.
The Anthony V. Cardona '70 Moot Court Program
holds several intraschool competitions each year. The program also prepares students to represent Albany Law in prestigious regional, national and international competitions.
“Moot court is absolutely a huge part of the law school experience,” Green said. “You’re developing real skills in a simulated courtroom setting. You’re networking. It’s competitive, which is always fun, and you’re working as part of a team.”
The Gabrielli Competition is an intramural tournament that focuses on written and oral advocacy skills for second-year students. Organizers included competition chair Alexandra Scoville '16; competition associate Steven Cummings '17; Associate Dean for Student Affairs Rosemary Queenan, who served as the competition faculty advisor; Professor Gerald Rock, moot court faculty advisor; and executive assistant Theresa Colbert.
Meaghan Lambert ’17 (competition chair), Kaitlyn Guptill ’17 (competition associate), Professor Dorothy Hill (competition faculty advisor), Prof. Rock (moot court faculty advisor) and Colbert (moot court executive assistant) organized this year’s Donna Jo Morse Client Counseling Competition, which is held to promote greater knowledge and interest in the counseling function of law practice by simulating a law-office consultation that presents a typical client problem.