Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center

2014-2015 Kelly Competition Results

On Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th, 2014, the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center at Fordham University School of Law hosted the fourth annual Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Two competitors from each of the participating schools were tasked with preparing both the prosecution and defense case for United States of America v. Rishi Ramnarain. Student competitors had fifteen minutes prior to trial to prepare witnesses (played by Fordham students) to testify.  The judging panels consisted of sitting and former judges, assistant United States attorneys, assistant district attorneys, and practicing trial attorneys.  Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. presided over the final round.

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Kelly Competition Champions, Georgetown University Law Center, and the 2014-2015 finalists, American University Washington College of Law.  Congratulations also to Florida State University College of Law and University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law for advancing to the semi-final round.

Congratulations to the individual award winners:

Best Opening Statement: Haley Etchison, Georgetown University Law Center
Best Direct Examination: Annie Berry, American University Washington College of Law
Best Cross Examination: Steven Michelen, Brooklyn Law School
Best Closing Argument: Anthony McDaniel, University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law
Best Advocate in the Preliminary Rounds: Christopher Godin, Georgetown University Law Center
Best Advocate in the Final Round: Christopher Godin, Georgetown University Law Center

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

American University Washington College of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Florida State University College of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center
Michigan State University College of Law
Pace University School of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law
St. John’s University School of Law
SUNY Buffalo Law School
University of Texas School of Law
UCLA School of Law
University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law
University of South Dakota School of Law
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe 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!