Fordham Law

Brendan Moore Advocates Place Second at National Competition

February 06, 2013

Fordham Law’s Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy team, consisting of Ben Bergin ’14, Chris Liang ’14, Lauren Melkus ’13, and Kaitlin Wood ’14, placed second in the American Bar Association’s Arbitration Competition. The team was coached by Moore Advocacy Center alumni Pat Beath ’11 and Justina Rivera ’10.

The competition, held at the American Bar Association’s Headquarters in Chicago, is one of four national competitions sponsored by the Student Division of the ABA. Sixty-eight teams from across the country participated in the competition, during which the students alternated each round between roles as lawyers and witnesses for the plaintiff or the defendant in a medical malpractice case. The Moore Advocates advanced to the final round.

The team qualified for the national competition by winning the Illinois Regional Arbitration Competition in Chicago on November 10.

Dean Michael M. Martin, Ben Bergin '14, Lauren Melkus '13, Pat Beath '11, Justina Rivera '10, Kaitlin Wood '14, Chris Liang '14, and Professor James Kainen.
Established in 1995 to foster the teaching of lawyers as advocates at the trial level, the Brendan Moore Advocacy Center sends teams of second, third, and fourth year law students to more than fifteen trial competitions every year. This fall, 108 students tried out for the Moore Advocates, with 45 new team members selected to join last year’s class.

“The success of the Brendan Moore Advocacy Center’s competition teams—such as that achieved by Ben, Chris, Kaitlin, and Lauren—continues to generate unprecedented student demand to learn presentation skills, evidence, and fact analysis by participating in simulated trials and arbitrations,” said Professor James L. Kainen, Brendan Moore Chair in Advocacy. “The extraordinary generosity of our donors, especially Tom Moore ’72, and the efforts of our alumni, especially Director of Trial Advocacy Competitions Adam Shlahet ’02, has enabled Fordham to become a leader in providing competition opportunities for interested students.”

In the fall, Moore Advocates Katia Asche ’14, Zachary Green ’14, Robyn Michaelson ’14, and Brittany Russell ’13, coached by Shlahet and Ben Pred ’11, advanced to the quarterfinal of the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition. Another team, composed of members Chael Clark ’13, Vicki Hill Clarkson ’13, Tanya Rolo ’13, and Konstantin Yelisavetskiy ’13, coached by Cheryl Thill ’07 and Kelly Ann Holohan ’07, advanced to the semifinal of the National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition.