Moot Court

 

The principal oral advocacy organization at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, the Moot Court Board, aims to enhance and showcase the appellate advocacy skills of our students. It is ranked 34th in the nation following a very successful 2015-2016 academic year.

 

Activities

Members of the Moot Court Board have the opportunity to showcase their skills in various national appellate advocacy competitions around the country.  Competing against other law schools, students argue cases involving constitutional law, criminal procedure, sports law, entertainment law and more. 

 

The annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition, an intra-school tournament that has long been a hallmark of the Villanova Law experience, occurs every November. Current Board Members, Eugene Tsvilik ’17 and Josh Jacobs ’17, won the 56th Annual Reimel Competition in November 2015; runners-up Marie Bussey ’17 and Daniel O'Hare ’17 received the best brief award.

 

The Moot Court Board also helps the first-year legal writing faculty members administer and judge spring semester oral arguments.

 

Membership

Students can become members of the Moot Court Board in two ways:

  • Summer Moot Court Competition: Competitors write an appellate brief on a hypothetical problem and argue before a panel of judges from the Moot Court Executive Board. The board then invites about 12-14 of those students to join the board.    

  • Reimel Moot Court Competition: At the discretion of the Moot Court Executive Board, students may receive an invitation to join the Board based on their success in the annual Reimel Competition.
The 2015-2016 2L members of the Moot Court Board after the Moot Court/Journals Dinner in April 2016
First row, left-to-right: Evan Holland, Josh Jacobs, Katelyn Leon, Kelly Weber, Lauren Mazzitelli, and Gabrielle Kelerchian. Back row, left-to-right: Peter Reist, Eugene Tsvilik, and Rob Zanella.

2016 - ­2017 Moot Court Executive Board Members

Evan Holland ’17 is the Chairperson of the 2016-2017 Moot Court Board. Last year, Holland competed in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Philadelphia as well as the Philadelphia Area Law School Scrimmage hosted by Temple University Beasley School of Law, where his team took second place. He spent his 2L summer working at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. Holland graduated magna cum laude from the Creighton University Honors Program in 2014 with a BA in Political Science and Journalism. He is interested in litigation work.

 

Katelyn Leon ’17 is the 2016-2017 Co-Director of External Competitions. Leon was a quarterfinalist at the 56th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition. In 2016, she competed at the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition at Seton Hall University, where she finished as a quarterfinalist. Leon graduated cum laude from the Catholic University of America with a BA in Politics. This past summer, she was a summer associate at Bennett, Bricklin & Salzburg LLC. Leon is interested in civil litigation.

 

Eugene Tsvilik ’17 is the 2016-2017 Co-Director of External Competitions. As a 2L, Tsvilik placed first in the 56th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition. In spring of 2016, he placed first among 22 teams and won Best Oral Advocate at the 17th Annual Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition at SUNY Buffalo. Tsvilik is currently a certified legal intern at the Bucks County District Attorney's Office where he represents the Commonwealth during preliminary hearings. Tsvilik graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Temple University with a BA in History and worked for two years in IT consulting before entering law school. Tsvilik is interested in criminal and civil litigation.

 

Peter Reist ’17 is the 2016-2017 Reimels Competition Co-Administrator. During his 2L year, Reist competed in the ABA National Moot Court Competition and the first ever Philadelphia Area Law School Scrimmage hosted by Temple University Beasley School of Law, advancing to the final round. He served as an intern at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office during his 2L summer. Reist is an alumni of Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he graduated magna cum laude in 2012. He hopes to focus on criminal law after graduation.

 

Kelly Weber ’17 is the 2016-2017 Reimels Competition Co-Administrator. Weber was a semifinalist in the 56th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition. She was also a quarterfinalist at the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition in Newark, New Jersey. She spent her 2L summer at the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office in Hackensack, New Jersey. Weber is a 2014 graduate of the College of New Jersey and has a BA in English.

 

Lauren Mazzitelli ’17 is the 2016-2017 Director of Recruitment and Logistics. A 2014 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Mazzitelli competed in the Siegenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition last spring. This past summer, she was a Summer Associate at Hourigan, Kluger, & Quinn, PC, working primarily on medical malpractice cases. Upon graduation, Mazzitelli hopes to continue working in medical malpractice litigation in the Philadelphia area.

 

Gabrielle Kelerchian ’17 is the 2016-2017 Judicial Liaison & Alumni Coordinator. As a 2L, Kelerchian finished as a semifinalist in the 56th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition and also competed at the Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition at Brooklyn Law School. She graduated from La Salle University with a BA in History and Political Science. Kelerchian spent her 1L and 2L summers working at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and is interested in pursuing a career in criminal law.

Board Members

  • Melisa Buchowiec ‘18

  • Sarah Burke ‘18

  • Dan Casullo ‘17

  • Omeed Firouzi ‘18

  • Addison Fontein ‘18

  • Josh Jacobs ‘17

  • Kaitlyn Macaulay ‘18

  • Mary Kate Marsden ’18

  • Michael Mauger ‘18

  • Lara Ruggerio ‘18

  • Charles Scott ‘18

  • Danielle Van Buren ‘18

  • Anthony Williamson ‘18

  • Anne Yoskoski ‘17

  • Rob Zanella ‘17
Josh Jacobs ’17 and Eugene Tsvilik ’17, winners of the 56th Annual Theodore L. Reimels Competition in November 2015

The Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition is an annual intra-school tournament and a hallowed tradition at Villanova Law. Named in honor of the late Theodore L. Reimel, Judge for the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas from 1953 to 1973, the competition is designed to foster student development in written and oral advocacy through simulated appellate argument. Many alumni and other esteemed members of the legal community come to the law school to judge the oral arguments.

 

In 2015 the Reimel Competition was integrated with the LW3–Litigation/Appellate Advocacy course to provide second-year students with a more comprehensive, authentic and practice-oriented educational experience. Students enrolled in Appellate Advocacy participate in Reimels as part of the course.  Third-year students are also encouraged to participate in the competition. All participants work in teams of two and are required to write an appellate brief and participate in oral arguments. The 57th Annual Reimel Competition will be held in November 2016.

 

57th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

 

The Quarterfinalists 

  • Cody Wilcoxson & Kim Sachs
  • Dan Casullo  & Anne Yoskoski
  • Charles Scott  & Michael Mauger
  • Sarah Burke & Kaitlyn Macaulay
  • Kim Price & Mary Kate Marsden
  • Kristen Taylor & Jamie Pizzi
  • Danielle Van Buren & Lauren Ruggerio
  • Stephanie Wolbransky & Sarah Monaco
 

 

 

The Semifinalists

  • Cody Wilcoxson & Kim Sachs
  • Sarah Burke & Kaitlyn Macauley
  • Kim Price & Mary Kate Marsden
  • Kristen Taylor & Jamie Pizzi

Finalists

  • Cody Wilcoxson & Kim Sachs
  • Sarah Burke & Kaitlyn Macaulay

Champions:

Sarah Burke & Kaitlyn Macaulay

 

Award Winners:

Best Oral Advocate: Sarah Burke

Best Brief: Mary Kate Marsden & Kim Price

Finals Bench

  • Greg Garre - 44th U.S. Solicitor General, current Partner at Latham & Watkins, LLP
  • D. Brooks Smith - Chief Judge, United States Court of the Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Theodore McKee - Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

 

Semifinals Bench

  • Richard Andrews - Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • Leo Dunn - Chairman of PA Board for Probation and Parole
  • Peter Verniero - Fmr. Justice of NJ Supreme Court and Fmr. NJ Attorney General 

 

Every year the Moot Court Board sends members to participate in outside competitions. Each team consists of two students who write a brief and argue the issues before judges. Teams are assisted by a student-coach who helps them prepare for oral argument and accompanies them to the competition. 

 

2016 - 2017 Competitions

Competition Date Location Results
National Criminal Procedure Competition Nov. 11-13, 2016  San Diego, CA
67th Annual National Moot Court Competition Nov. 11-13 2016  Baltimore, MD  
40th Annual J. Braxton Craven, Jr. Memorial Competition Feb. 2-4, 2017

Chapel Hill, NC

 

Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition

Feb. 11, 2017 New York, NY  
22nd Annual Tulane Moot Court
Mardi Gras Sports Law Competition
Feb. 22-24, 2017 New Orleans, LA  
Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition Mar. 16-17, 2017

Washington, D.C.

 
John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition Mar. 24-25, 2017 Newark, NJ  
32nd Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition Mar. 30-Apr. 1, 2017

Brooklyn, NY

 
2nd Annual Frank A. Schreck Gaming
Law Moot Court Competition
Mar. 31 - Apr. 2, 2017 Las Vegas, NV  
18th Annual Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition Apr. 1, 2017 Buffalo, NY  
ABA NAAC Competition TBA TBA  

 

Summer Competition signups become available in April and students can register for the competition via BlackBoard. An email will be sent out by the Moot Court Board notifying students when registration opens. 

Contact Us

Address
Villanova University School of Law
Moot Court Board
299 N. Spring Mill Rd.
Villanova, PA 19085
 
Phone
(610) 519-7055
 


Interested in Judging for Moot Court?

If you would like to judge the Reimel Competition, please sign up here 

Faculty Advisor

Professor Jessica Webb

Rm 347, Law School Building

610-­‐519-­‐7025

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