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Rutgers–Newark Law Students Shine in Three Recent Competitions

February 27, 2013 – 

Students at Rutgers School of Law–Newark have shown impressive litigation and advocacy skills in recent regional and national competitions, gaining some “firsts” for the law school. 

Price Moot Team
Rutgers Price Media Law Moot Court team members are (l-r): Ryan Raichilson, Siobhan Kinealy, Micah Pakay, and David Sisk.

Micah Pakay ’13, Siobhan Kinealy ’14, Ryan Raichilson ’15, and David Sisk ’14 represented the school in the Americas Regional Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, which was hosted at the end of January by Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. The team was a quarter-finalist in this international competition, placing eighth out of more than 20 teams. They were strong competitors against teams from the Bahamas, Argentina, and New York.

The Rutgers–Newark Price Media Law Moot Court team was selected by Kory Ramkawsky ’13, who is the Moot Court Board outside competitions coordinator, and coached by Thomas J. Cafferty ’72, a director in the Business & Commercial Litigation Department at Gibbons PC. Team members learned new areas of law, dealing exclusively in international law, writing “memorials” instead of briefs, and developing oral advocacy skills against tough competition. 

In upcoming weeks, three other moot court teams – in the areas of Entertainment Law, Employment Law, and Criminal Procedure – will participate in competitions. These competitions come on the heels of the National Mock Trial team winning the Regional Mock Trial Championship. The team, comprised of Kory Ramkawsky ’13, Amanda Ribustello ’13 and David Baumwoll ’13, will next compete in the National Competition trial rounds to be held in San Antonio in early April. David Baumwoll received the 2013 Best Advocate Award, the competition’s highest individual honor.

In 2012 Ramkawsky represented the law school as a member of the Phi Alpha Delta team that took first place in the mock trial competition for law school chapters. She was selected best advocate and the team won best prosecution and best witnesses.

Jessup Tem
Shown at the White & Case Jessup Moot Court International Competition are (l-r): coach William Schroeder and team members Ali Jaloudi, Emily Button Aguilar, Mary Orsini, Josh Glass, and Olivia Pomann.

In another indication of the rising strength of the Rutgers–Newark moot court program, the school’s Jessup International Moot Court Team placed sixth in the highly-competitive Northeast Regional at the White & Case Jessup Moot Court International Competition, which was held at the New York office of Shearman and Sterling LLP on February 15 and 16.

Josh Glass ’13, Mary Orsini ’13, Emily Button Aguilar ’14, Ali Jaloudi ’14, and Olivia Pomann ’14 went 3-1 in the preliminary rounds, advancing to the quarterfinals. The team tied for fourth best memorial and Josh Glass was awarded fourth best oralist. The Jessup team is coached by Adjunct Professor William E. Schroeder ’88, special counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Others who helped moot the team include Visiting Professor Elizabeth Wilson and Emeritus Professor Saul Mendlovitz, as well as alumni Roktim Kaushik ’11, Anna Domyancic ’10, Dorian Smith ’12, and Tim Oberleiton ’12.