Denise Wager | December 23, 2019
The Notre Dame Law School Moot Court Board hosted the fourth annual National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom on Nov. 8-9 in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom.
Thirteen moot court teams from nine law schools participated in this year’s competition, which focused on a religious discrimination case. The competition is organized by Notre Dame Law Moot Court Board students and sponsored by the Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society through a generous grant from the Bradley Foundation.
The aim of the tournament is to identify important issues in religious freedom, and have students write briefs and orally argue and defend their client’s positions on those issues, confirming the Law School’s commitment to academics in a community of faith.
The tournament was established in 2016 to bring together competitors, scholars, and practitioners from across the country to encourage legal dialogue on a religious freedom topic. The competition is judged by U.S. circuit and state court judges.
The team of Aliyah Davis and Anthony Cruz from South Texas College of Law took first place, and the team of Mark Triola, Christophe Morschen, and Catrina Mairose from St. Thomas School of Law placed second. St. Thomas School of Law won best brief and South Texas College of Law won second place brief. Rolando Reyna from Texas A&M University School of Law won best oralist. Aliyah Davis from South Texas College of Law won second place oralist.
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