Fordham Law


Moot Court Team Wins Multiple Awards in D.C. Competition

March 07, 2011

Fordham Law Moot Court team members Jeffery Ding '12 and Brian Rodriguez '12 won a series of awards and advanced to the semifinal round at the 2011 George Washington University Law School National Security Law Competition. Their honors included Second Best Briefs, Best Oralist (Rodriguez), Second Best Overall Competitor (Rodriguez), and Third Best Overall Competitor
 Jeffrey Ding '12, coach Alicia Horwitz, and Brian Rodriguez '12
Jeffrey Ding '12, coach Alicia Horwitz, and Brian Rodriguez '12
(Ding).

"Both Brian and Jeff are naturally skilled writers and engaging speakers," said Professor Maria L. Marcus, coach to Fordham's interschool moot court program. "But, in the end, it was the team's intense desire to improve that truly set them apart."

The team worked for weeks to draft both petitioner and respondent briefs regarding the state secrets privilege and the applicability of a Bivens remedy to extraordinary rendition. At competition, Brian and Jeff argued a series of rounds over the course of two days, emerging as semifinalists from a field of 50 competitors.