Fordham Law

Moot Court Team Claims Championship in National Competition

March 07, 2011

Fordham Law Moot Court team members Alexander Broche '12, Adam Brody '12, and Omar Tuffaha '12 came in First Place at the 34th annual J. Braxton Craven, Jr. Moot Court Competition at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Brody also received the Best Oralist award.
 Omar Tuffaha '12, Professor Maria Marcus, Alex Broche '12, and Adam Brody '12
Omar Tuffaha '12, Professor Maria Marcus, Alex Broche '12, and Adam Brody '12

“The team members continuously refined and reshaped their arguments during the course of the rounds, explaining complex constitutional principles in an accessible manner that inevitably led to victory,” said Maria L. Marcus, coach to Fordham's interschool moot court program.

The competition problem dealt with the constitutionality of a government ban on alcohol-related advertisements in a state university's student newspaper and the due process rights of the student editors who were suspended for allegedly violating that ban. The final-round panel featured Justice Robert Edmunds, Jr. of the Supreme Court of North Carolina and Magistrate Judges Dennis Howell and David Keesler of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Deepal Chadha '11 coached the team, imparting advice based on his experience as a Craven quarterfinalist last year. After weeks of preparation, the team successfully argued six rounds over the course of four days to distinguish themselves among the field of 69 other competitors from around the country.