The 26th Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Moot Court Competition, hosted by the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society, was held March 31 - April 2, 2011. The premier evidence 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 1953-1971.
At this year’s competition, 36 teams from across the country argued an appellate brief that addressed evidentiary issues in a contemporary context. Natalie Mayo ’11, Prince Competition Coordinator, announced the winners:
First Place: Georgia State College of Law
Second Place: Southwestern Law School
Best Brief: University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Second Best Brief: TIE: Santa Clara University Law School and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Best Oralist, Preliminary Rounds: Kate Kirshbaum, University of San Diego School of Law
Best Oralist, Final Round: Casey Viggiano, Georgia State College of Law
The bench for the final round on Saturday, April 2, was comprised Honorable Duane Benton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; the Honorable Joette Katz (Ret.), Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court; and Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Benton continued his stay at the Law School as the Jurist-in-Residence. He visited a number of classes and met informally with faculty and students in more intimate settings.
Competition Coordinator Mayo said that those who worked to make this year’s event a success included the writers of the problem that was addressed in the competitors’ appellate brief. They were BLS students Andrea Clisura ‘11, Scott Krischke ‘11, Joshua Saltzman ‘11, Sara Sullivan ‘11 and Laura Zaccone ‘11.
“The 26th Annual Prince Competition was a tremendous success, thanks to the hard work and dedication from all of the competitors, Moot Court members, faculty, alumni, and distinguished scholars and judges who participated in the event,” said Christopher Casa ’11, President of the Moot Court Honor Society.
The Faculty Advisor of Moot Court and Prince competition is Professor Robert M. Pitler, and he as well as professors Mollie Falk and Neil P. Cohen were faculty writers of the problem.
Read more about Brooklyn Law School’s Moot Court Honor Society and the award-winning 2010-2011 competition season.