McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge Takes Third in Niagara Moot

March 9, 2011

Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey Hall of Fame: Members of the McGeorge team, who finished third in the Niagara Moot Court Competition, visited the Hockey Hall of Fame during their February trip to Toronto. They posed with members of the second-place Seattle University team around the Stanley Cup. From right, Professors Mary-Beth Moylan and Hether Macfarlane, Matt Vance, and Catherine Mariano. Third from left, Elyssia Musolino.

McGeorge finished third in the 44th Annual Niagara International Moot Court Competition, which was held February 24-26, 2011, in Toronto, Canada.

Catherine Mariano, Elyssia Musolino and Matt Vance lost by one-hundredth of a point in the semifinal round to the University of Windsor, which went on to defeat Seattle University in the finals. The McGeorge team won the Best Team Applicant Memorial Award. Mariano was named the second-best oral advocate in the competition while Vance took third-place honors in the field of 71 individual competitors.

"Catherine wowed the U.S.-Canada Law Institute sponsors and all the other schools by arguing for both Canada and the United States," said Professor Mary-Beth Moylan. "That task had her performing four back-to-back arguments on Friday and three back-to-back arguments on Saturday. Elyssia joined Catherine on behalf of Canada and Matt joined her on behalf of the U.S. All three students wrote the memorials and prepared each other for the arguments."

Eighteen teams competed in the Niagara Moot, including American University, Case Western Reserve, Chicago-Kent, Cornell, Georgetown, Michigan State, and Washington University.

"I would like to thank my co-coach, Hether Macfarlane, as well as Linda Carter, and former Niagara team members Sandeep Vishwa, '09, Miranda Carroll, '09, and Diana Chin, '10, for their assistance in getting our students ready to go," Moylan said.

"Professor Ed Telfeyan's class (Advanced Appellate Advocacy) is terrific, and so are all the great programs at McGeorge including Trial Advocacy, GLS, and our electives in international law," she added. "Our students really shine at these competitions because they are so polished and well-prepared to have discussions about hard legal issues of the day."

McGeorge took second place in the 2009 Niagara and finished in the top four again a year ago. The Niagara Moot is administered by the Canada-United States Law Institute and sponsored by several major Canadian law firms.