Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center

2013-2014 Kelly Competition Results

On Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 23rd, 2014, the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center at Fordham University School of Law hosted the Third Annual Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Eighteen teams from thirteen law schools across the country competed.  In the final round, Aaron Reichlin-Melnick  and Jennifer Przybylski of Georgetown University Law Center defeated Menghan (Sylvia) Dai and John Garcia of Brooklyn Law School.  District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti of the Southern District of New York presided in the round.  The evaluators were former Fordham Law Dean John Feerick, Professor James Kainen, Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret Groban, and former Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Virella.

Congratulations to the individual award winners:

Best Opening Statement: Justin Collins, George Mason University School of Law
Best Direct Examination: Kioceaia Stenson, Emory University School of Law
Best Cross-Examination: Maya Kushner, American University Washington College of Law
Best Closing Argument: Kate Golensky, Emory University School of Law
Best Advocate: Menghan Sylvia Dai, Brooklyn Law School
Best Advocate in the Final Round: Jennifer Przybylski, Georgetown University Law Center

Teams from the following schools participated in the Spring 2014 Kelly Competition:

American University Washington College of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Drexel University School of Law
Emory University School of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
George Mason University School of Law
Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Pace Law School
Seton Hall University School of Law
St. Mary’s University School of Law
St. John’s University School of Law
University of Miami School of Law
Valparaiso University 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!