Fordham Law

Moore Advocates Place First at Regional Competition, Advance to Nationals

February 19, 2013

Graham Amodeo '13 and Brittany Russell '13, members of Fordham Law's Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy team, won the New York Regional round of the National Trial Competition. The team was coached by Director of Trial Advocacy Competitions Adjunct Professor Adam Shlahet '02 and Adjunct Professor Jeffrey Briem '05.

Eighteen teams participated in the competition, which was hosted by Pace Law School at the Westchester Supreme & County Court in White Plains, New York. The top two teams were designated New York Region winners, qualifying them to advance to Nationals to be held in San Antonio, Texas on April 3–6.

The winning team tried a murder case, in which the defendant claimed to have been in a blackout during the days surrounding the crime.

Another Moore Advocate, Konstantin Yelisavetskiy '13, won the Best Advocate Award during the preliminary rounds of the competition.

The National Trial Competition is sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers' Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. The New York State Bar Association Trial Lawyers' Section awards the Tiffany Cup to the team that advances furthest in the National Competition. Fordham last won this award in 2011.