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Seton Hall Law ranked 9th in the nation

Seton Hall Law School’s Interscholastic Moot Court Board has just wrapped up its 2012-2013 competition season, and the Appellate Advocacy Institute has ranked Seton Hall's Interscholastic Moot Court Board #9 in the country. This prestigious ranking will provide Seton Hall Law School with an automatic bid to the National Invitational Moot Court Competition, where the Top 16 Law School Moot Court programs will battle it out in Houston, Texas in January 2014. This is the law school’s fourth invitation to the Houston competition.

In early April, Seton Hall Law School dominated at the Federal Bar Association's Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. Amanda Leone '13 and Sean Kennedy '13 (pictured, above) finished in First Place at the 45-team invitational. The team also received an award for the Best Brief at the competition. Sean earned Best Final Round Oralist honors.

During the same weekend as the Marshall Competition, Michael Mulanaphy ’13 and Megan Kosovich ’13 were in Chicago for the National Round of the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition. Megan and Michael were one of only four out of 38 teams who initially competed in the Regional Round in New York City to receive an invitation to compete in the National Round in Chicago. This competition, recognized as the largest and most prestigious, saw over 220 teams participate in total nationwide. Megan and Michael finished as National Quarterfinalists after losing a close one to South Texas.

Jodi_Anne_Hudson'96A large component of the Moot Court Board’s success is the contribution of the Director, Jodi Anne Hudson '96 (pictured, left), who graduated following her own stellar Moot Court career, in which she won the Gressman Moot Court Competition and was a Semifinalist and Second Best Oralist at the Tulane Sports Law Competition during her second year. In her third year, she was a Regional Finalist and Second Best Oralist at the National Moot Court Competition, and a National Semifinalist in the National Round of the same competition. Her team also won National Second Best Brief honors.

Since becoming Director in May 2000, Professor Hudson has both elevated and maintained Seton Hall Law School’s position as a Top Ten Interscholastic Moot Court Board. In 2007, Seton Hall Law School was ranked 36th in the nation when the first rankings for moot court teams were released. Since 2009, Seton Hall Law has consistently been ranked nationally as a Top 16 Interscholastic Moot Court Board — often placing in the Top Ten.

Moot Court helps students hone their legal skills, and also provides a strong network for its graduates as they progress through their careers. Professor Hudson notes, “Interscholastic Moot Court Board graduates assist in any way possible in helping Seton Hall Law School students a foot in the door.”

Marshall Champion and Best Oralist Sean Kennedy agrees, “It’s really like a family. The alumni members coach us and provide invaluable support, critique, advice, and friendship. I will always be grateful for the connections I have made through the Interscholastic Moot Court Board with members both past and present. It is without question what I will miss most about Seton Hall Law School . . . well, that and Jodi reminding me that I'm talking too fast.”

While the Interscholastic Moot Court Board retains its prestigious reputation through dedication and hard work, the Board also enjoys the experience between competitions. Marshall Semifinalist Caitlin Carroll '13 explains, “Professor Hudson knows when to encourage us, and she knows how to keep the work from being too onerous. We look forward to the Gibbons Moot Court Competition banquet every year. We love having the opportunity to turn the tables and judge the Ronald J. Riccio First-Year Moot Court Competition, and Professor Hudson's farewell 'roast' when we graduate is probably the most anticipated event. All in all, competing and being a part of the Interscholastic Moot Court Board will be the thing I miss most about Seton Hall Law School.”

Congratulations to Professor Hudson and to the Seton Hall Interscholastic Moot Court Board for their remarkable achievements. A complete list of awards for the 2012-2013 competition season is as follows:  

First Place - Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition (Sean Kennedy/ Amanda Leone)
National Quarterfinalist - NAAC Competition (Megan Kosovich/Michael Mulanaphy)
Regional Finalist - New York Region - NAAC Competition (Megan Kosovich/Michael Mulanaphy)
Semifinalist - National Civil Rights Law Moot Court Competition (Will Findlay/Megan Kosovich)
Semifinalist - Marshall Moot Court Competition (Caitlin Carroll/ Will Findlay)
Octofinalist - National Health Law Moot Court Competition (Kathryn Carey/Eric Miller)
Octofinalist- National Civil Rights Law Moot Court Competition (Michael Rolek/Jackie Shulman)
Octofinalist - Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition (Kathryn Carey/ Eric Miller)
Octofinalist - Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court Competition (Holly Norgard/ Eric Suggs)
Best Oralist Team - Lefkowitz Competition - New York Region (Alex Silagi/ Christina Yousef)
Best Oralist- Final Round - Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition (Sean Kennedy)
Third Best Oralist - Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court Competition (Eric Suggs)
Fourth Best Oralist - National Civil Rights Law Moot Court Competition (Megan Kosovich)
Seventh Best Oralist - New York Region - NAAC Competition (Megan Kosovich)
Best Brief - National Moot Court Competition - New York Regional (Christopher Fontenelli/ Katie McDonough)
Best Brief - Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition (Sean Kennedy/Amanda Leone)