Fordham Law

Brendan Moore Advocates Win National Trial Advocacy Competition

October 18, 2011

Members of Fordham Law's Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy team won the Lone Star Classic Trial Competition at St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio, Texas. The winning team consisted of Travis Atkinson '12, Christian Levis '12, Kristen McIntosh '12, and Maddy Stokes '12. Levis also won the award for Best Advocate.

Adjunct Professors Bernard Ozarowski '10 and Andrew Mercer '09 coached the Fordham team under the supervision of Brendan Moore Professor of Advocacy James L. Kainen, who also serves as the Director of Trial Competitions.

"This most recent achievement shows the continuing growth and success of Fordham’s Trial Advocacy Competition Program, which sent eighteen teams to fourteen competitions last year," said Kainen. "With each succeeding class, we strive to improve the quality of trial advocacy in the legal profession as we increase its standing in the Fordham curriculum."

Hon. Edward Prado, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, John E. Murphy, First Assistant United States Attorney, and Henry J. Bemporad, Federal Public Defender, judged the final round of the tournament, in which Fordham bested a team from Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law. In earlier rounds, the Fordham team competed against Brooklyn Law School, Chicago–Kent College of Law, Stetson University College of Law, and St. John’s University Law School.

"Many of the schools that participated are considered top-ranked schools for their advocacy programs and are perennially successful at national competitions,” said Dave Schlueter, St. Mary's law professor and tournament director.

"Student demand for trial competitions is unprecedented," added Kainen. "Last year Fordham held an intraschool William M. Tendy Federal Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition to create additional opportunities for qualified Fordham students. On November 11–13, we will hold the inaugural Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition that was created with the generous assistance of Patrick W. Kelly to honor his brother, Fordham Law Class of 1967. We will take our place among the schools holding topflight interschool competitions and do our part to insure that mock trial opportunities expand to meet student demand."

Fordham Law’s Brendan Moore Advocacy Center, enabled by the generosity of Thomas A. Moore '72 and Judy Livingston of Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore, sponsors the School’s mock trial teams.