The University of Miami School of Law's moot court teams – the Charles Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board and the International Moot Court – have distinguished themselves this year with outstanding competition results at the national and international levels.
This past weekend, the Charles Papy, Jr. Moot Court team advanced to the finals of the ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Only 24 teams out of the 187 that entered the competition made it to the final round, which will be held in April in Chicago.
Miami Law was represented by students Annabelle Nahra, who won the Best Oralist Award, Douglas Stamm, and Betsy Havens. In addition to advancing to the finals, the team was recognized with a third place Best Brief Award and a sixth place Best Oralist Award in the Regional Competition.
Adjunct Professor Harvey Sepler served as coach. "This is one of the country's most prestigious appellate competitions," said Sepler, "and we are thrilled."
The team also recently competed in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition – the premier environmental law competition in the country – and made it past the quarterfinal rounds where they were the only law school in Florida and one of nine teams remaining. During the competition, third-year law student Daniel Poterek was also named the Best Oral Advocate.
In addition to Poterek, the team included third-year law students Deana Falce and Megan Sincore. Poterek is the current president of the Papy Moot Court Board, and Falce and Sincore serve as two of the Board's vice presidents.
Miami Law's International Moot Court Board team has also achieved success this season. In February, the team placed second in the Pace Law School International Criminal Court Moot Competition held in The Hague. The team, consisting of 2Ls Jordan Greenberg, Erin Boatman, and Thomas Moskal, argued before a distinguished bench of judges at The Hague. Greenberg won the award for Best Prosecutor and was the second best oralist; Moskal was the third best oralist. Osgoode Hall Law School from Canada came in first place, and Yale Law School came in third.
Visiting Professor Paula Arias, who coached the team, said, "They were in the real court (The Hague), before real ICC judges, arguing real issues and proving their ability. I am very proud of my team!"
In addition, the International Moot Court Board team competed this past weekend in the 51st Southeastern Super Regional Round of the Jessup Competition. Miami Law's team advanced to the second round, placing within the top 7 teams out of the 24 teams present.
Two Miami Law students, Melissa Bassin and Tamara Kosic, were recognized among the top oralists in the competition, placing 13th and 17th, respectively. The team this year consisted of Eloris Snyder, Tamara Kosic, Melissa Bassin, Thomas Thompson-Flores and Andrew Riccio. Manuel Supervielle, LL.M. '93, and Thomas Pate, J.D. '08, served as coaches.
Next stop on the competition circuit for this team is the Spanish-language International Arbitration and Commercial Law Competition held in Madrid, Spain, where they placed third last year, and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Vienna, Austria.
"I am thrilled to see that our strategy is producing results," said Jessica Carvalho Morris, advisor of the International Moot Court Board and Director of the International Graduate Law Programs. "We have really dedicated coaches and students who have been putting a lot of effort and we see how well they are performing. From placing third in Madrid, second in The Hague and now quarterfinalists in Jessup – this is really amazing!"