Tax Moot Court Team continues string of national competition successes
New England Law has been a perennial contender in the prestigious competition
(Boston 5/3/12) New England Law | Boston: New England Law | Boston’s Tax Moot Court Team–Wanda Allen ’12 and Justin Kesselman ’13–won the first runner-up Best Brief award and finished as a quarterfinalist overall in this year’s National Tax Moot Court Competition.
“This year’s team advanced to the quarterfinal rounds before losing a very close decision to the eventual champions,” noted Professor Lustig. “The students were well prepared, and I appreciate the assistance provided by my tax law colleagues, including Professors [Wilton] Hyman, [Sarah] Salter, and [Kent] Schenkel and by the numerous alumni who also generously contributed their time and expertise. Many team alums came back to campus at night and on weekends to practice the team.”
Allen is currently interning at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and is planning a tax law career. “I love tax,” she said, “and it was great to spend so much time with others who share that interest. Before we went so many people, including professors and alumni, helped prepare us that when we got to Florida we felt very prepared. I wasn’t entirely comfortable with oral argument previously but this was a great confidence-builder."
“It was one of the best experiences that I’ve had in law school so far,” said Kesselman, who added that the experience has piqued his interest in tax law. “It improved my writing and advocacy skills, and my confidence. Knowing both sides of an issue so completely helped us to advocate in an appellate setting by answering questions, adapting, and advocating our position.”