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Moot Court brings back another win

ASL Moot Court racked up another successful showing at the Wechsler National Criminal Law Competition in Buffalo on April 2.

Moot Court winnersTrey Martin '11 was named Best Advocate, placing first out of 52 competitors. Martin and Brian Scheid '11, who was last year's Best Advocate, also advanced all the way to the team competition's final round, where they argued before a panel of federal and New York Court of Appeals Judges. They were narrowly edged out by Mercer in a split decision.

"I am always pleased to argue against some of the top-ranked law schools in the country," Scheid said. "The level of competition is high and any ASL student should know we are right there with them."

This year marks the fourth time in the last eight years that an ASL team has argued in the final round at Wecshler, and the fourth time in as many years that ASL has won the Best Advocate award. Not only has ASL won more first-place awards than any other school in the history of the competition, but ASL has also argued in the final round and won the Best Advocate award more times than any other school. The team is coached by Professor Judie Barger.

The final-round bid and Best Advocate awards won by Martin and Scheid make them the most decorated Moot Court team in ASL history.

"Professor Barger does an excellent job preparing our team for the legal aspects of the Moot Court problems, but she also has a very good feel for how this particular competition operates," Scheid said. "We are never surprised by anything presented to us on the day of the competition."

"It is an honor to be an ASL student, and it is an honor to be involved with the Moot Court program," Martin said. "It is an experience that has developed me as a future lawyer and will define the remainder of my days."

ASL's Mock Trial team missed advancing to the semifinal round by three points, placing fifth in the American Association of Justice Mock Trial Regional Competition in Washington, D.C., March 4-6. Team members were James Downey '11, Katie Murray '11, Ed Nicholson '12, and Nate Ogle '13. Professor Tom Scott coached the team. ASL bested Fordham and Georgetown, losing only to American, one of the finalists, in a highly competitive match.

"I would be most pleased to sit with any of them at counsel table," Scott said. "Team members selflessly gave up their spring break to practice daily. This bodes well for great things to come."

Mock-trial tryouts for next year's team will be held early next fall. The team hopes to participate in at least two competitions next year.