ND Law School Writer | November 29, 2016
The Notre Dame Law School Moot Court Board recently hosted its inaugural National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom.
“This event started as an idea last April and truly came to fruition this weekend,” said Matthew Ciulla, 3L, tournament director of the Notre Dame Moot Court Board. “Our tournament brought academics, law students, and attorneys from around the country together to discuss the Establishment Clause, while allowing students to hone their oral advocacy and brief-writing skills.”
The competition was organized by NDLS students and was co-sponsored by the Program on Church, State & Society. Eleven moot court teams from across the country participated.
Texas Tech University School of Law won the competition. Stanford Law School placed second and Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law at Barry University placed third. Ave Maria School of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, DePaul University College of Law, Emory University School of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, and William & Mary Law School also competed in the tournament.
Anna Caruso from BYU won the Best Oralist Award, and Mariah Mauck and Sarah Scrivner from Texas Tech won the Best Brief Award.
The judges for the competition were Judge Michael G. Gotsch, Sr., ’79 B.A., ’87 J.D., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana; Thomas M. Fisher, Indiana Solicitor General; Robin Fretwell Wilson, professor of law at Illinois College of Law; Maxwell Goss, Ph.D, ’09 J.D., partner at Rossman Saxe, P.C.; and Christine Venter, professor at Notre Dame Law School and director of the NDLS legal writing program.