Fordham Law

Fordham Moot Court Wins National Criminal Procedure Tournament

October 21, 2008

The Fordham Moot Court team claimed the championship in the twentieth annual University of San Diego National Criminal Procedure Tournament.  The tournament, sponsored by San Diego’s Appellate Moot Court Board, saw 40 teams from across the country compete over three days of arguments. Fordham’s team, consisting of members Ryan Yanovich '10 and Alex Scolnik '10, defeated South Texas College of Law in both the semifinals and final round.

Fordham Law also brought home honors in individual categories. Yanovich won second place in the Oralist competition, and the Fordham team earned fourth in Brief.

Professor Maria L. Marcus, advisor to Fordham’s inter-school moot court program, said, "This victory is a spectacular start to our moot court season. I am proud of our team members, and I am looking forward to future accomplishments for the program this year."

The moot court program also sent a team to the recent Pepperdine National Entertainment Law Competition in California. The Fordham team won second in the Respondents Brief and advanced to the quarterfinals. Team members were Rachel Brook '10, Richard Strohmenger '10, and Lindsay Zahradka '10.

In regional competition, Fordham's Asian Pacific American Law Students Association moot court teams placed first and second in the Thomas Tang Moot Court regional competition. Sunjay Matthews '10, who won Best Oralist, and Julie Cho '10 composed the winning team. The second place team consisted of Sam Singh '09 and Ernie Gao '09, who won Best Brief. The team will compete in nationals later this year in Seattle.