| The Suffolk University Law School National Moot Court Team advanced to the National Moot Court Competition by winning the Northeast Regional Competition, held at Roger Williams University Law School in Rhode Island Nov. 21-23.
The team -- made up of third-year law students David Brody, Alyssa Pelletier, and Douglas Ray -- advanced through both preliminary rounds before defeating Quinnipiac in the semi-finals.
In the finals, the team defeated Syracuse University Law School before a panel of judges that included U.S. District Court Judge William Smith of Rhode Island; Hon. Robert Flanders, associate justice of the R.I. Supreme Court (ret.); R.I. Superior Court Associate Justice Melanie Thunberg; and Robert Current, the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island.
“Our students conducted themselves with intensity, dedication, and professionalism,” said Julie Baker, associate professor of legal writing and one of two team coaches. “All three were gracious in victory and represented our law school as well as any of us can ever hope that our students will, and I was very proud to be there with them.”
The team next argues at the national competition in February in New York, N.Y., where the top 28 of more than 180 competing moot court teams from across the nation will compete.
This is Suffolk Law School’s second trip to the National Moot Court Competition in as many years.
To compete, the team wrote an invented brief to the Supreme Court on two highly complex federal statutes, one of which implicated the First Amendment.
"The team’s victory in the finals over advocates with a year of prior competition experience is a testament to the caliber of students who attend Suffolk University Law School,” said coach Jason Valencia, who earned his JD from the Law School in 2003. It is difficult to adequately articulate the degree of dedication, skill, and professionalism this team displayed leading up to and during the Regional Competition. It is easy, however, to express how proud I am to coach a team of such wonderful individuals."