NYLS Shines in Student Competitions Near and Far

Our student teams make strong showings in competitions of all types, from family law to personal injury claims to corporate deal-making. They travel short and long distances to represent the School, often collecting high honors. Recent highlights are below:

Trial Competition Team Places Second in Regional Tournament

Left to right: Elizabeth Friedrich 4L Evening, Ashley Matias 3L, Ryan Medler 2L, Amber Dailey 2L, Carlos Mendez Perez 2L, and Mike Vanunu.

NYLS placed second among 16 New York City-area teams in the American Association for Justice Regional Trial Advocacy Competition, held March 10–12 at Brooklyn Supreme Court.

The case involved a negligence claim in which the plaintiff, who was assaulted on the sidewalk in front of the defendant’s business, alleged that the defendant had failed to provide adequate safety measures to protect customers. Including the final round, NYLS’s team conducted five trials, each three hours long.

The team included Ryan Medler 2L, Amber Dailey 2L, Ashley Matias 3L, and Carlos Mendez Perez 2L. Attorney Mike Vanunu coached, and Elizabeth Friedrich 4L Evening was a student coach. Courtney Cremeans 2L, a member of the Trial Competition Team, aided the team during practices. Professors Lynn Su and Mariana Hogan advise the team.


Moot Court Association Competes in Albany and Washington, D.C.

Left to right: Alison Snyder 2L, Christina Fiore 2L, and Jessica Brenner 2L.

On March 6, NYLS reached the semi-finals in the Albany Law School Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court Competition. The team—Jessica Brenner 2L, Alison Snyder 2L, and Christina Fiore 2L—ranked among the top four among 22 teams in the competition. Professor Lisa Grumet, who works with the School’s Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families, served as their faculty advisor.





(Left to right) Christin Spinelli 2L Evening, Monique Baptist 3L Evening, and Alexis Granell 3L in Washington, D.C.

In late March, another Moot Court Association group—student coach Christin Spinelli 2L Evening, Monique Baptist 3L Evening, and Moot Court Association Chair Alexis Granell 3L— competed in the Federal Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C., where they advanced well into the tournament and placed in the top half of participating law schools.

Professor Susan J. Abraham is the team’s faculty advisor.


Students Excel in Financial Deal-making at Philadelphia Competition

On February 24, students representing the School’s Center for Business and Financial Law competed in the 2017 Transactional LawMeet in Philadelphia. The LawMeet—held in the mid-Atlantic region and six others nationwide—is the premier mock trial competition related to corporate transactional practice. Students refine their deal-making and transactional law skills through live competition.

The NYLS team included Ayelet Montero 2L, Marina Semenenko 1L Evening, and Karla Fortis 2L Evening, with student coaching by Elizabeth Friedrich 4L Evening.

The team performed especially strongly in a mock acquisition negotiation and in analyzing a complex acquisition document prior to the LawMeet.

Professor Houman Shadab, Co-Director of the Center for Business and Financial Law, guided the team.

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Learn about NYLS’s Moot Court Association, Trial Competition Team, and Center for Business and Financial Law.