MOOT COURT

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The Villanova Law Moot Court Board is 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. The Villanova Moot Court Board was ranked 29th in 2018 and 41st in 2019 according to the Blakely Advocacy Institute National Moot Court Rankings.

Members of the Moot Court Board have the opportunity to showcase their appellate advocacy and writing skills through competing in various National Appellate Advocacy competitions across the country. Students argue cases involving constitutional law, criminal procedure, sports law, entertainment law, family law, immigration law, and more in front of distinguished panels of judges against law students from around the country.

 

ABOUT MOOT COURT BOARD

Keith Lee '21

Keith Lee '21, Chairperson

Monmouth University, 2018

Areas of Interest: Employment Law, Education Law, Litigation

Competition Experience: Quarterfinalist and First Place Preliminary Round Team Oralist, 2020 Immigration Law Competition at New York University School of Law

Keith enjoys playing volleyball and singing. He sang the National Anthem at a Phillies game with his choir in high school.

Fernanda Sandoval '21

Fernanda Sandoval '21, Vice Chairperson

Creighton University, 2018

Areas of Interest: Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Public Interest Law

Competition Experience: Quarterfinalist, 2019 Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

A fun fact about Fernanda is that she is on a national leader board for an online Tetris game.

Alice Douglas '21

Alice Douglas '21, Director of External Competitions

Davidson College, 2018

Areas of Interest: Environmental Law, Health Law

Competition Experience: Finalist, 2019 Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

A fun fact about Alice is that she used to volunteer on Davidson College’s farm.

Meghan Rafter '21

Meghan Rafter '21, Director of External Competitions

Providence College, 2018

Areas of Interest: Litigation, Public Interest, Sexual and Domestic Violence

Competition Experience: 2020 Spong Constitutional Law Competition at William and Mary Law School

Meghan likes to run, ski, and read in her spare time.

Andrew Girman '21

Andrew Girman '21, Reimel Administrator

University of Scranton, 2018

Areas of Interest: Data Privacy, Cyber Security, Family Law, Civil Litigation

Competition Experience: Octofinalist, 2020 Gabrielli Family Law Competition at Albany Law School

Andrew enjoys playing guitar and piano in his spare time.

Karina Norwood '21

Karina Norwood '21, Reimel Coordinator

Salisbury University, 2016

Areas of Interest: Criminal Law, Family Law, Estates & Trusts, Products Liability

Competition Experience: Champion, 2019 Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

Karina loves to cook and bake in her spare time.

Leah Edelstein '21

Leah Edelstein '21, Director of Recruitment & Alumni Relations

University of Delaware, 2018

Areas of Interest: Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Civil Sexual Abuse Cases

Competition Experience: Octofinalist, 2020 Gabrielli Family Law Competition at Albany Law School

Leah will be the fourth generation Edelstein to practice law in Philadelphia dating back to the 1920s. She will be the first woman in her family to do so.

Charlie Burrows '21

Charlie Burrows '21, 3L Board Member

Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College, 2018

Areas of Interest: Public Interest and Housing Law

Competition Experience: Quarterfinalist and First Place Preliminary Round Team Oralist, 2020 Immigration Law Competition at New York University School of Law

Charlie is very interested in photography. You can see some of his photographs on his Instagram page, @cburrphotography.

CC Carreras '21 (Not Pictured)

CC Carreras '21, 3L Board Member

University of Richmond, 2016

Competition Experience: Champion and Best Final Round Oralist, 2019 Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

Mary Haggerty '21

Mary Haggerty '21, 3L Board Member

East Stroudsburg University, 2015

Areas of Interest: Public Interest Law, Litigation

Competition Experience: Finalist, 2019 Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

Mary enjoys long walks on the beach and short walks with her dog, Milton–he is small and does not like long walks.

Michael Markus '21

Michael Markus '21, 3L Board Member

Villanova University, 2018

Areas of Interest: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

Competition Experience: Quarterfinalist, 2019 Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

Michael is a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He is also an Eagle Scout.

Gabriel Wertz '21

Gabriel Wertz '21, 3L Board Member

DeSales University, 2012

Areas of Interest: Litigation

Competition Experience: 2020 Spong Constitutional Law Competition at William and Mary Law School

Gabe enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Andrew Bandini '22

Andrew Bandini '22, 2L Board Member

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2019

Areas of Interest: Real Estate Law, Family Law, and Criminal Law

Andrew occasionally worked as the mascot for his undergraduate institution. His alma mater's mascot is the bloodhound, so he would have to wear a full-body dog suit—sometimes in 90-degree weather—and pose for pictures with prospective and current students. 

Seth Ford '22

Seth Ford '22, 2L Board Member

Pennsylvania State University, 2018

Areas of Interest: Catastrophic Personal Injury

In Seth’s free time, he enjoys fishing, mountain biking, and hiking.

Jake Glancy '22

Jake Glancy '22, 2L Board Member

Washington and Lee University, 2016

Areas of Interest: Litigation, Products Liability, Insurance Law

A fun fact about Jake is that he is an avid cook.

Andrew Klee '22

Andrew Klee '22, 2L Board Member

University of Rochester, 2019

Areas of Interest: Criminal Law, Negligence, Personal Injury Law

Andrew enjoys traveling and watching true crime documentaries. A fun fact about Andrew is that he has ranked in the top 100 players in Madden 17. 

Lisa Maeyer '22

Lisa Maeyer '22, 2L Board Member

Gettysburg College, 2019

Areas of Interest: Litigation, Compliance, Environmental Law

Lisa enjoys going for runs with her black lab. A fun fact about Lisa is that she has trained on an indoor American Ninja Warrior course.

Tyler Price '22

Tyler Price '22, 2L Board Member

University of Pittsburgh, 2013

Areas of Interest: Mergers and Acquisitions, Civil Litigation, Tax Law

Tyler enjoys several outdoor hobbies such as fishing, hunting, camping, and hiking.

Vanessa Ruggiero '22

Vanessa Ruggiero '22, 2L Board Member

Lehigh University, 2017

Areas of Interest: Appellate Practice, Litigation, Employment Law, Business Law

When Vanessa was a child, she lived abroad in the United Kingdom where she was first exposed to the performing arts. Now, Vanessa loves teaching and mentoring the next generation of musical theatre performers. 

Caroline Rini '22

Caroline Rini '22, 2L Board Member

Villanova University, 2019

Areas of Interest: Juvenile Delinquency and Defense

It has always been a dream for Caroline to become a published author. She has placed in a few Slam Poetry Competitions and has the entire Slam Poem from 22 Jump Street memorized.

Mara Stella '22

Mara Stella '22, 2L Board Member

Vanderbilt University, 2019

Areas of Interest: Construction Law, Labor Law

In Mara’s free time, she enjoys fishing.

Sierra Stockley '22

Sierra Stockley '22, 2L Board Member

University of Alabama, 2019

Areas of Interest: Corporate Litigation, Mass Torts

Sierra is trilingual (English, French, and Flemish) and she loves to brunch.

Gabrielle Talvacchia '22

Gabrielle Talvacchia '22, 2L Board Member

Rutgers University, 2018

Areas of Interest: Civil Litigation

A fun fact about Gabby is that she loves theatre and has performed in musicals since she was six years old.

Tamar Tellado '22

Tamar Tellado '22, 2L Board Member

University of San Diego, 2018

Areas of Interest: Employment Law, Immigration Law, Civil Rights

Tamar likes to play guitar and sing.

Students can attain membership on the Moot Court Board in one of two ways:

  1. Competing in the Summer Competition; or
  2. Stellar Performance in the intra-school Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition.

Summer Competition

The Director of Recruitment and Alumni Relations organizes a competition for rising 2L and 3L students to compete for membership on the Moot Court Board. Each competitor writes an appellate brief and argues on-brief in front of the Executive Board, a panel of seven members. The oral argument is 12 minutes and is followed by a short interview. The brief and oral argument are each worth 50% of the overall competition score. The Moot Court Board selects 10-12 new members from this competitive process.

Reimel Competition

The Chair and Vice Chair of the Board may decide to extend an invitation for membership on the Moot Court Board after stellar performance in the Reimel Competition. This decision is made after considering a team’s brief score, oral argument performance, and advancement in the competition. 

1L Legal Writing Program

The Moot Court Board helps the first-year legal writing faculty members administer and judge spring semester oral arguments. Each Board Member provides constructive feedback to 1L students to assist in preparation for the 1L students’ graded arguments.

 

Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

The Moot Court Board coordinates and administers the intraschool competition every year. This year marks the sixty-first year of the tradition. Board Members facilitate the logistics of the competition, grade briefs, and host a reception at the conclusion of the competition. All 2L Board Members are required to compete in the intraschool competition in preparation for their outside competitions.

 

External Competitions

Each Moot Court Board Member competes with a partner at a National Moot Court Competition. The Board Members are tasked with writing an appellate brief and arguing before distinguished panels of judges across the country.

Each 3L Board Member competes and serves as a student coach for a 2L or 3L team. Coaches organize oral argument practice schedules and coordinate with faculty and alumni to assist with judging practice rounds.

     

COMPETITIONS

Each year, the Moot Court Board competes in Villanova Law's annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition as well as a number of external competitions.

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60th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition Winners CC Carreras and Karina Norwood

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 and provide advice and feedback to our students.

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 61st Annual Reimel Competition Final Round was held on November 5, 2020.

2L students enrolled in Legal Writing III: Litigation/Appellate Advocacy compete in teams of two writing an appellate brief and arguing twice (once on-brief and once off-brief) in the preliminary round of the competition. The top-scoring teams advance to the elimination rounds of the competition. Villanova alumni, professors, local practitioners, and distinguished federal and state judges serve as panelists in the intra-school competition.

Current Board Members, Cecilia Carreras ‘21 and Karina Norwood ’21, won the 60th Annual Reimel Competition in November 2019. Cecilia Carreras also received the Best Oral Advocate award.

If you are interested in judging the Reimel Competition, please contact Fernanda Sandoval, Vice Chair, at moot@law.villanova.edu. Please also visit the Alumni tab on the Villanova Moot Court Board website to find other ways to get involved with our Board.

61st Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

Champions

Annalise Hodges '22 & Tasha Stoltzfus Nankerville '22

 

Award Winners

Best Final Round Oralist: Tasha Stoltzfus Nankerville '22

Best Brief (Petitioner): Emily O’Leary ’22 & Rebecca Velez ’22 

Best Brief (Respondent): Annalise Hodges '22 & Tasha Stoltzfus Nankerville '22

Best Preliminary Round Oralist: Elisabeth Freer ’22

 

Judges

Final Round Bench

  • The Honorable Albert Diaz, Judge for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Honorable Duane Benton, Judge for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Honorable Justice Collins J. Seitz Jr. ’83, Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court

Semi-finals Bench

  • The Honorable Mark A. Kearney ’84 CLAS, ’87 CWSL, Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • The Honorable Alice Beck Dubow, Judge for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania
  • The Honorable Carolyn H. Nichols, Judge for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania

The 2020-21 Board is excited for a successful year ahead. Unfortunately, due to the impacts of COVID, several Moot Court Board Members could not compete in the Spring of 2020. Out of the few teams that were able to compete, the Moot Court Board was proud of the following teams’ accomplishments:

New York University School of Law’s Immigration Law Competition

Quarterfinalists
First Place Preliminary Round Oralist Team

Charlie Burrows '21 and Keith Lee '21
Coach: Alesandra Greco '20

 

Albany Law School Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Competition

Octofinalists

Leah Edelstein '21 and Andrew Girman '21
Coach: Brian Berkoff '20

 

UNLV School of Law Schrek Gaming Law Moot Court Competition

Ninth Place Overall

Alex Ator '20 and Jared Hershman '20
Coach: Heather Smillie '20

 

Blakely Advocacy Institute Previous Rankings

  • 2019: Ranked #41
  • 2018: Ranked #29
  • 2017: Ranked #28
  • 2016: Ranked #34

Villanova University School of Law
Moot Court Board
299 N. Spring Mill Rd.
Villanova, PA 19085

Faculty Adviser: Professor Jessica Webb

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Interested in getting involved with the Moot Court Board? 

We're looking for law professionals and Villanova Law alumni to judge the Reimel Competition, coach teams and speak to the board. If you're interested, complete the online form or email us