Fordham Law

Moore Advocates Excel in National, Regional Competitions

November 20, 2009

Three teams from Fordham Law’s Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center recently placed in national and regional mock trial competitions.

William Furber ’11, Gabriel Mendoza ’11, Benjamin Pred ’11, and Laura Reiflinger ’11 advanced to the finals of the 2009 National White Collar Crime Invitational held at Georgetown Law on November 13 – 15. The team finished second out of twenty competing schools in the nation’s only law school-level mock trial tournament focused solely on white collar crime issues. The team was coached by Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy Ramon Pagan ’00, who took the team to meet Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor before the competition.
 Professor James Kainen, William Furber '11, Laura Reiflinger '11, Dean William Michael Treanor, and Adjunct Professor Ramon Pagan '00.

In the Buffalo-Niagara National Invitational Competition, team members Patrick Beath ’11, Alexis Diaz ’11, Samantha Feingold ’11, and Glenn Nick ’11 advanced to the semi-finals, finishing among the top four out of thirty-two schools. The team was coached by Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy and Assistant Director of Trial Competitions Adam Shlahet ’02.
 Glenn Nick '11, Patrick Beath '11, Samantha Feingold '11, Dean William Michael Treanor, Alexis Diaz '11, and Professor James Kainen.

In a third competition, the ABA Northeast Regional Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition at Quinnipiac School of Law, Peter Cifichiello ’10, Jeff Colt ’10, Brendan Derr ’11, and Michael Nacchio ’10 advanced to the finals and placed second. Colt also won the award for Best Overall Advocate. The team was coached by Stacey Cheser ’05 and David Foster ’04.
 Brendan Derr '11, Michael Nacchio '10, Jeff Colt '10, Dean William Michael Treanor, Professor James Kainen, Stacey Cheser '05, and Peter Cifichiello '10.

“Fordham Law’s Moore Advocates have had a terrific year in competition,” said James L. Kainen, Brendan Moore Professor of Advocacy and Director of the Trial Advocacy Competition Program. “With two national championships and multiple top finishes, the program this year is as strong as it’s ever been. Congratulations to all the team members and our thanks to alum Tom Moore and Judy Livingston for their generous support of the program.”

“I am continually dazzled by the ongoing successes of our mock trial teams,” added Dean William Michael Treanor. “I congratulate all the Brendan Moore Advocates for their recent accomplishments and look forward to more victories in the future.”

Earlier in the year, Brendan Moore Advocates won national championships at Stanford and in San Antonio.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger