Moot Court Board Sends Team to National Competition; Will Host Law and Economics Contest

Posted: January 25, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ginny Smith and Jessica Hodges

Members of the Mason Law Moot Court Board will join 27 other elite moot court teams from around the country in New York City starting this week for the 57th Annual National Moot Court Competition.

The Mason team of Kim Bierenbaum, Rocky King and Tony Schiavetti earned its trip to the national finals last November by finishing as one of the top two teams in the Region 4 qualifying rounds.

According to Mason Law moot court coach Ernie Isenstadt, the team’s advancement to New York is especially impressive given that “our region has traditionally been among the most competitive, with 19 teams participating this year from schools such as Duke, Virginia, William and Mary, North Carolina and Wake Forest.”

This is the third time in four years that the National Competition will include a team from Mason Law, noted Suzzette Rodriguez Hurley (JD ’04), who coaches Mason’s team with Isenstadt.

Advancing with Mason to the national competition from Region 4 is a team from West Virginia University College of Law coached by Mason alumnus Jacob Manning (JD ’04).

The National Moot Court Competition will be held Jan. 26 through Feb. 2 and is sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the New York City Bar Young Lawyers Committee.

Meanwhile, the Mason Moot Court Board, in conjunction with the Law and Economics Center, will host the annual Henry G. Manne Law and Economics Competition at home on Feb. 2 and 3.

This year, 12 teams from around the country will compete. Teams will argue opposing sides of an antitrust dispute involving allegations that an electronics manufacturer engaged in a price-fixing conspiracy with resale distributors.

The problem requires competitors to present an economic analysis of legal issues that are currently receiving national attention. There are many similarities between the competition problem and a case recently decided in the 5th Circuit, Leegan Creative Leather Products Inc. v. PSKS Inc. The day after the competition problem was posted, the Supreme Court agreed to review records in the case.

The teams will present their oral arguments on Saturday, Feb.3. The winners will be announced at a reception that evening.

In addition, the Moot Court Board recently added new members to its ranks: Stephanie Arnold, Patrick Foltz, Patrick Hitchens, Claudia Jiron-Murphy, Ed O’Shea, Echo Schaub and Ryan Schmalzle.

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