Each fall, the New York Law School Moot Court Association administers the Charles W. Froessel Intramural Moot Court Competition. The Froessel Competition is a rigorous recruiting program used by the New York Law School Moot Court Association to select its members. In addition, the competition provides students with the opportunity to display their advocacy skills.
39th Annual Charles W. Froessel Competition (September, 2015)
The Moot Court Association is happy to release the fact pattern for the 39th Annual Charles W. Froessel Competition. We wish you all the best of luck!
Froessel Co-Chairs (2015-2016)
Estefani Rodriguez and Elizabeth Lanza
Froessel Co-Authors (2015-2016)
Danielle Librandi and Christine Maggiore
Key Dates (2015 Competition)
Information Sessions (click on the links to view available video recordings)
April 21, 2015 from 12:50-1:50pm in W300
April 22, 2015 from 5:20pm-6:00pm in W300
April 23, 2015 from 12:50pm-1:50pm in W220
Registration deadline: July 8, 2015 (11:59pm)
Fact Pattern Release: July 12, 2015
Briefs Due Date: August 9, 2015 by 7:00pm or August 19, 2015*
Competition Dates: September 16-20, 2015
*The August 19, 2015 deadline is ONLY for students enrolled in the two-year honors accelerated program.
FAQs about Moot Camps
Moot Camp I: Moot Court Association members explained what it is like to be a competitor in the Froessel Competition. Student editors discussed brief writing techniques. (Note: briefs for moot court competitions are in a slightly different format than what was taught in Legal Practice class. This was an opportunity to clarify any questions about writing the brief.) Members also discussed how much time to put into preparation for the competition. This helped members plan for summer accordingly.
Moot Camp I Video Sunday, June 14, 2015, 11am-1pm (Room W120)
Moot Camp II: Moot Court Association members provided tips on how to deliver a successful oral argument. Members demonstrated both good and bad oral argument techniques. This was a great opportunity to ask questions and get a head start on the competition.
Moot Camp II Video Sunday, July 12, 12-2pm (Room W120)
38th Annual Charles W. Froessel Competition (September, 2014)
The 38th Annual Charles W. Froessel Competition was held during September 11-14, 2014. Click here to view the Information Session regarding the competition and the Moot Court Association.
FROESSEL FINAL ROUND BENCH (2014)
Susan J. Abraham is a Professor of Law at New York Law School, where she teaches Evidence, Advanced Appellate Advocacy, and Principles of Legal Analysis. Professor Abraham also serves as the New York Law School Moot Court Faculty Advisor. She has represented indigent criminal defendants in New York and New Jersey at both the trial and appellate level, and has also represented clients in disability discrimination, employment, criminal, pension, and other matters. Susan Abraham earned her B.A. in English from Oberlin College in 1977, her J.D. from Rutgers Law School in 1983, and received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Warren Wilson College in 1991.
The Honorable Brian M. Cogan was appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York by President George W. Bush on May 4, 2006. Judge Cogan obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1975 and his J.D. degree from the Cornell Law School in 1979, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Cornell Law Review. From 1979-1980, Judge Cogan served as Law Clerk for Judge Sidney M. Aronovitz in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Upon completion of his clerkship, Judge Cogan became an associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where he spent his entire career prior to his appointment to the bench, becoming a partner in 1988 and General Counsel to the firm in 2004. He had a commercial litigation practice concentrating on complex litigation, accountants’ liability and securities fraud, insolvency, and cross-border litigation. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Cogan served as Vice-Chairman of the Mayor’s Committee on the Appointment of City Marshals and was a member of the Appellate Division, First Department, Departmental Disciplinary Committee.
The Honorable Justice Joseph E. Irenas was appointed by former President George H.W. Bush as a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey on November 14, 1991, and was confirmed by the Senate on April 8, 1992. Prior to serving as a federal judge, he began his career in private practice, working at McCarter & English from 1966 to 1992. Judge Irenas has also served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University since 1985. A native of Newark, New Jersey, Judge Irenas holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, from which he graduated cum laude. He assumed senior status on July 1, 2002.
The HONORABLE ALAN KACHALSKY
Alan Kachalsky graduated from the University of Rochester in 1977 and from New York Law School in 1980. His office is in Rye Brook, NY, where his practice includes criminal representation at the trial and appellate level, as well as matrimonial, civil litigation and FAA Enforcement proceedings. In 2008, Mr. Kachalsky applied for a concealed carry permit, citing the 2nd Amendment, as well as random violence such as the Virginia Tech shooting in which 31 persons were killed, as the requisite factors to establish ‘proper cause for the issuance of a carry permit.’ When his application was denied on the ground that he did not state “any facts which would demonstrate a need for self protection distinguishable from that of the general public,” he appealed to the 2nd Department, which affirmed the denial. Mr. Kachalsky then appealed to the Court of Appeals which dismissed his appeal on the ground that no substantial constitutional question was directly involved, although Justice Smith wrote a strong dissent. Recognizing the importance of the issue, the Second Amendment Foundation joined in the cause and retained Alan Gura, who had prevailed in various 2nd Amendment battles before the Supreme Court, including D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago. Mr. Gura litigated the case in the Southern District of New York and then in United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.