Moore Advocates Excel in Spring Competitions

June 20, 2011

The Brendan Moore Trial Advocates had a successful spring semester, winning awards in both regional and national competitions.

In January, the Moore Advocates arbitration team consisting of Lili Corn '12, Stephanie Fakih '12, James Slattery '12, and Matt Stein '12 advanced to the semifinals of the ABA Arbitration National Competition in Chicago. The team was coached by alumni Jamie McFarland and Brooke Errett, and Clinical Associate Professor Paul Radvany offered additional guidance. The team—the first group of Moore Advocates to enter an arbitration competition—was invited to the national competition after reaching the finals in the regional competition in the fall.

 
l–r: Professor James Kainen, Matthew Stein '12, Lili Corn '12, James Slattery '12, Stephanie Fakih '12, and Dean Michael M. Martin.
In March, Moore Advocates claimed the championship at the Capitol City Challenge sponsored by American University's Washington College of Law. The Fordham Law team, composed of Jere Keys '12, Benjamin Pred '11, Christian Levis '12, and Deanna Paul '11, defeated William & Mary Law School's team in the final round. Pred also received the Best Advocate award. The team was coached by alumnus Greg SanGermano '02. The competitors were evaluated by approximately 50 federal and state prosecutors, public defenders, and private practice attorneys. Judges for the final round were Judge Eugene N. Hamilton, former Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Superior Court, Katherine Winfree, Maryland's Deputy Attorney General, Karl Pilger, managing partner of Boring & Pilger, P.C., and Gregory Hillyer, partner at Feldman Gale.
 
l–r: Greg SanGermano '02, Professor James Kainen, Benjamin Pred '11, Christian Levis '12, Jere Keys '12, and Dean Michael M. Martin.
At the Buffalo-Niagara National Mock Trial Competition, Moore Advocates Haseeb Fatmi '12, Christian Levis '12, Tara Monaghan '12, and Nora Moncrieff '12 reached the semifinals. Monaghan also won Best Cross Examination. The team was coached by Adam Shlahet and Molly Gallivan.
 
Professor James Kainen, Christian Levis '12, Tara Monaghan '12, Haseeb Fatmi '12, and Dean Michael M. Martin.

Moore Advocates Meghan Hill '12, Rachael Kierych '12, Madeleine Stokes '12, and Jessica Limbacher '12 finished in 3rd place at the Phi Alpha Delta Mock Trial Competition. They were coached by David Foster and Andrew Mercer.
 
Professor James Kainen, Meghan Hill '12, Rachael Kierych '12, Madeleine Stokes '12, Jessica Limbacher '12, and Dean Michael M. Martin.

At the Texas Young Lawyers Regional Competition, Patrick Beath '11 and Samantha Feingold '11 were named finalists, and during the national competition, they won the Tiffany Cup. They were coached by Adam Shlalet and Jeff Briem.
 
Professor James Kainen, Patrick Beath '11, Samantha Feingold, and Dean Michael M. Martin.

On April 27, the Moore Advocacy Center presented the final round of the inaugural William M. Tendy Federal Criminal Trial Competition. Ted Sangalis '12 and Caitlin Meagher '12 won the competition after defeating finalists Michael Lignos '12 and Tim Rode '12. Sangalis also captured Best Advocate Honors. The competition marked the 25th anniversary of the death of William M. Tendy '49, who was a longtime pillar of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He served as Chief of the Narcotics Unit, Chief Assistant to U.S. Attorneys Robert B. Fiske and John S. Martin, Deputy U.S. Attorney to U.S. Attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, and Acting U.S. Attorney. In addition, Tendy served as Regional Director of New York State’s Organized Crime Task Force and received the Federal Bar Council’s Emory Buckner Medal for public service. Krystyn Tendy '09, Bill’s granddaughter, drafted the case file.
 
Professor James Kainen, Tim Rode '12, Ted Sangalis '12, Caitlin Meagher '12, and Dean Michael M. Martin.

United States District Judge John F. Keenan '54 presided at the trial. Evaluators were United States District Judge Barbara S. Jones, former U.S. Attorneys for the Southern District of New York Whitney North Seymour, Jr., Robert B. Fiske and Mary Jo White, former U.S. Attorney and District Judge for the Southern District of New York, John S. Martin, Jr., and former Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit Charles M. Carberry.
 
l–r: Michael Lignos '12, Ted Sangalis '12, Mary Jo White, Barbara S. Jones, Robert B. Fiske, Hon. John F. Keenan '54, Whitney North Seymour, Jr., Anna Tendy, Charles M. Carberry, Krysten Tendy '09, John S. Martin, Jr., Tim Rode '12, and Caitlin Meagher '12.