Saturday marked the conclusion of Brooklyn Law School’s 2013 28th Annual Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition. The premier appellate advocacy evidence competition drew 36 teams from law schools nationwide, exemplifying the very best of legal education.
Teams from UC Hastings and Duquesne University placed first and second, respectively, after arguing before a distinguished final round panel composed of former U.S. Chief Appellate Judge for the D.C. Circuit Patricia M. Wald, U.S. Senior Appellate Judge for the Second Circuit Chester J. Straub, and U.S. Chief Judge for the Northern District of Ohio Solomon Oliver, Jr.
Also presiding were 167 federal and state jurists, magistrates, faculty, and alumni practitioners on numerous panels in the earlier rounds.
A team of Brooklyn Law School faculty guided the tournament, led by Professor Robert M. Pitler, faculty advisor to the Moot Court Honor Society. Among his accolades was a special award presented by Professors Ursula Bentele and Mollie Falk. A reception and dinner for all of the competitors, judges, and Moot Court students capped the event on Saturday evening.
“Our staff was responsible for a flawless tournament through their skill, attention to detail, and effort,” said Dean Nick Allard in a school-wide email. “Thanks all around for an exceptional effort and for putting on a program that demonstrates the excellence and vitality of our law school.”
Dean Allard also praised BLS students—particularly the Moot Court Honor Society Executive Board led by President Caroline McKenna ’13 and Prince Competition Coordinator Alexandra Olsen ’13—for creating one of the most challenging and successful tournaments yet.
“Notwithstanding the enormous help of our faculty, the Prince Competition is essentially student-run, which is in itself remarkable” he said. “Our congratulations go to all the BLS students whose hard work led to the success of the competition.”
The competition is named in honor of the late Jerome Prince, renowned evidence scholar, teacher, and author of Prince on Evidence, who served as Dean of Brooklyn Law School from 1953 to 1971. Today, the Competition provides law students an opportunity to write an appellate brief that addresses evidentiary issues in a contemporary context.
Read more about the Prince Competition.
View video of this year's final argument.