Fordham Law

Fordham Law Student Scores Best Overall Advocate Award

February 14, 2008

Fordham Law student James W. Neely captured the award for best trial advocate given at the regional level of the National Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association on February 9.

Neely was named the Anthony DeMarco, Jr. Best Overall Advocate from among more than 50 students from schools across the New York Region.

"To receive this award is not only a testament to James Neely's dedication, preparation, and talent," said Professor James L. Kainen, Director of Trial Advocacy Competitions. "It is further evidence that establishing the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center has enabled Fordham's trial advocacy program to take a place among the most successful in the nation."

In addition to Neely's individual success, he advanced to the Semifinal round of the competition with teammate Elizabeth Mann. Both students are members of the Fordham Law Brendan Moore Adovcacy Center, a program that was established in 1995 through the generosity of Thomas A. Moore '72 to honor the memory of his brother by fostering the teaching and study of lawyers as trial advocates.

The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen student advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education. For more information on the National Trial Advocacy Competition, visit

The Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association has sponsored the National Trial Advocacy Region II Competition since 1975 to encourage the inclusion of "trial advocacy and trial technique" as part of the law school curriculum.

Contact: Jennifer Spencer, 212.636.7604