Fordham Law

Fordham Law Mock Trial Team Wins National Competition

January 26, 2009

Fordham Law students Krystyn Tendy '09, Ashley Garman '10, Bernard Ozarowski '10, and Deborah Wassel '10 claimed the championship at the Stanford Law School Mock Trial Invitational in Palo Alto. The students won each of their four trials by unanimous decision.

A second Fordham team consisting of Jeff Colt '10, Brendan Derr '10, Matt Frutig '10, and Justina Lopez '10 finished sixth among the tournament's fourteen teams.

"This achievement shows the continued growth of Fordham's Trial Advocacy Competition Program enabled by the generosity and active participation of Fordham Law alum Tom Moore and Judy Livingston," said James L. Kainen, professor of law and director of Fordham's Trial Advocacy Competition Program. Moore '72 and his wife Livingston are the founders and benefactors of the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center, which is headed by Associate Professor James Cohen.

"Tom and Judy's support of this program has allowed us to provide Fordham students interested in trial advocacy with incredible opportunities," said Kainen. "Mock trial has become the central feature of the Moore Advocates Program, enabling nearly fifty students this year to participate in eight competitions."

In the Stanford competition, the winning team was coached by Adjunct Professors of Trial Advocacy Greg SanGermano '02 and Andrew Mandlebaum. The second team was coached by Adjunct Professors Stacey Cheser and Jessica Taub Rosenberg.

 (front, l-r) Deborah Wassel '10, Dean William Michael Treanor, Krystyn Tendy '09, Ashley Garman '10 (back, l-r) Bernard Ozarowski '10, Professor James Kainen, and team coach Greg SanGermano '02