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Moot Teams score well in national, regional competitions

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(Boston, 5/3/12)  New England Law | Boston: New England Law | Boston’s moot court teams had a successful year in competitions that tested their ability to advocate in mock legal situations.  Three teams that focus on different aspects of law placed highly against teams from other law schools across the nation.

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. The competition was held in February in Florida, and judges from the United States Tax Court judged the final and consolation rounds.
New England Law has been a perennial contender in the tax competition, having won eight brief awards since 1994. Last year’s team won best brief and consolation-round honors; in 2010 the law school’s team won the national competition. 
The Negotiation Team vaulted to the national level in only its second year of existence.  Two hundred and twenty-eight teams from Canada and the United States began the annual American Bar Association Law Student Division competition at the regional level in November. After finishing as runner-up in Region 1, Patrick Audley ‘14 and Keith Hampe ’14 advanced in February to the national finals in New Orleans, where they placed eighth among 24 teams. 
The team of Erin Margolius ’12 and Michael Sheridan ’13 took second place out of 12 at the regional American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition in February. Client Counseling Team members interviewed a person playing the role of the client and then explained how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation.
“It was one of the best experiences that I’ve had in law school so far,” said Justin Kesselman of the tax team.  “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.”
The law school sponsors eight teams that compete in regional and national advocacy events. Team membership is generally open to upper-level students, and coaching sessions are conducted several times a week in the run-up to a moot competition.

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