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Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition Results

On Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 2012, the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center at Fordham University School of Law hosted the second annual Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. 

 Two competitors from each of the participating schools were tasked with preparing both the prosecution and defense case for People of the State of Fordham v. Christopher Clarkson. Student competitors had fifteen minutes prior to trial to prepare witnesses (played by Fordham students) to testify.  The judging panel consisted of sitting and former judges, assistant United States attorneys, assistant district attorneys, and practicing trial attorneys, including the Hon. Cathy Seibel, the Hon. Kevin N. Fox, the Hon. Lucian A. Vecchio, the Hon. Joseph Kevin McKay, the Hon. Douglas E. McKeon, the Hon. Kevin Tierney, Commissioner Edna Wells Handy, Christopher Flood, and Walter Mack.

Congratulations to the 2012 Kelly Competition Champions, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, and the 2012 finalists, American University Washington College of Law.  Congratulations also to University of California Davis School of Law and University of Miami School of Law for advancing to the semi-final round.

Congratulations to the individual award winners:

Best Opening Statement: Bethany Lipman, Georgetown University Law Center
Best Direct Examination: Jared Axelrod, Brooklyn Law School
Best Cross Examination: Jacquelyn Evans, University of Miami School of Law
Best Closing Argument: Jameson Connor, St. John’s University School of Law
Best Advocate: Josef Mensah, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University
Best Advocate in the Final Round: Rachel Hubbs, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University

Teams from the following schools participated in the 2012 Kelly Competition:

American University Washington College of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University
Georgetown University Law Center
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Pace Law School
Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law
St. Mary’s University School of Law
St. John’s University School of Law
University at Buffalo Law School
University of California Davis School of Law
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
University of Miami School of Law

Thank you to the participating teams, to the judges who volunteered their time, and to the Fordham students who played witnesses.  You made this competition a success!