Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center

2015-2016 Kelly Competition Results

On Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th, 2015, the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center at Fordham University School of Law hosted the fifth 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 People of Fordham v. Tripp Wraith. 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 2015-2016 Kelly Competition Champions, Brooklyn Law School, and the 2015-2016 finalists, Georgetown University Law Center. Congratulations also to Quinnipiac University School 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: Kaitlyn Dawson, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Best Direct Examination: Kevin Farrington, Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Best Cross Examination: Evan Feuerstein, St. John’s University School of Law
Best Closing Argument: Katherine McBeth, Georgetown University Law Center
Best Advocate in the Preliminary Rounds: Zachary Dunn, Quinnipiac University School of Law
Best Advocate in the Final Round: Samantha Oakes, Brooklyn Law School

Teams from the following schools participated in the 2015 Kelly Competition:
American University, Washington College of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Duquesne University School of Law
George Washington University Law School
Georgetown University Law Center
Hofstra University, Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Pace Law School
Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Quinnipiac University School of Law
St. John’s University School of Law
St. Louis University School of Law
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Temple University Beasley School of Law
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
University of South Dakota School of Law
University of Texas at Austin School of Law
University of Virginia 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!

2015-2016 Kelly Competition Pictures