The NYLS Moot Court Association thanks the Citywide Association of Law Assistants for its help and support of the 2013-2014 competition season.


Froessel Competition

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.

The 38th Annual Charles W. Froessel Competition will be held during September 11-14, 2014.  Click here to view the Information Session regarding the competition and the Moot Court Association.  Click here to register as a judge for the competition (must have a JD to be eligible to judge, CLE credits are available).

Click here to view a video of the Final Round of the 2013 competition.

Froessel Co-Chairs (2014-2015)
Jason Charet and Aruna Chittiappa

Froessel Co-Authors (2014-2015)
Khalil El Assaad and Evan Bane

Key Dates (2014)
Moot Camp I: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 11:00 a.m., Room W120.
Moot Camp II: Sunday, July 13, 2014, 11:00 a.m., Room W120.
Registration deadline: Sunday, July 13, 2014 by 1:00 p.m.
Fact Pattern Release: Sunday, July 13, 2014 by 8 p.m.
Briefs Due: Sunday, August 10, 2014 by 9 p.m.
Competition Dates: Thursday, September 11, 2014 – Sunday, September 14, 2014

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 Handout (Moot Camp I, June 22, 2014)

Moot Camp I Video (Moot Camp I, June 22, 2014)

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 Handout  (Moot Camp II, July 13, 2014)

Moot Camp II Video (Moot Camp II, July 13, 2014)

Froessel Rules (2014) (Amended on July 18, 2014)

Froessel Fact Pattern (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.


Brigitte Amiri is a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) Reproductive Freedom Project, where she has worked since 2005. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, where she teaches a reproductive rights seminar. In addition, she serves on the board of directors at Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Amiri has spearheaded several initiatives, including an effort to fight Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage programs and several high-profile challenges to laws threatening to ban or restrict access to abortions. Prior to working at the ACLU, Amiri worked as a staff attorney with the South Brooklyn Legal Services Foreclosure Prevention Project. Amiri earned her B.A. from DePaul University in 1996 and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1999.


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 D. Brooks Smith is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Smith was nominated to the Third Circuit by President George W. Bush on September 10, 2001, and confirmed by the Senate on July 31, 2002. Prior to his appointment to the Third Circuit, Judge Smith served as the Chief Judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, where he was first appointed in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. Judge Smith received a B.A. in Government from Franklin and Marshall College, and a J.D. from Penn State Dickinson School of Law.


The Honorable Faviola Soto is an acting judge on the New York State Court of Claims, appointed by former New York State Governor George Pataki in 2006. Prior to serving on the Court of Claims, Judge Soto served two terms as a New York County Supreme Court justice from 2002 to 2006, and as a Civil Court judge in New York City from 1994 to 2006. She is a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow at Bronx Legal Services, and has the distinction of being the first judge of Dominican descent to sit on any court in the State of New York. Judge Soto earned her B.S. from City University of New York, and a J.D. from New York Law School in 1978.