May 05, 2015
Felix Rodriguez-Cartagena (L ’15), who competed in the intraschool moot court trial finals and later took first in ADR, reviews his notes while Senior U.S. District Judge Peter Beer (L ’52) awaits arguments.
The presentation of Micah Zeno (L ’15) in U.S. District Court helped him win the trial competition.
The final rounds of Tulane Law’s Intraschool Moot Court Competition and 1L Open gave students real-world experience not just in preparation and argumentation but in perhaps the hardest part of litigation: waiting to learn the outcome.
Results were announced April 19, which for some of the competitors was more than a week after they presented their cases in court before alumni and practitioners who volunteered as judges. Caroline Bordelon (L ’15), moot court administrative justice for intraschool competitions, said 13 attorneys volunteered to judge the competition’s final rounds and share their expertise and advocacy tips with competitors.
In keeping with Tulane Law tradition, upperclass winners in trial and appellate advocacy and alternative dispute resolution have their names engraved on marble plaques in the Wendell H. Gauthier Moot Court Room.
First-year students, who competed in trial, appellate, ADR and international commercial arbitration with current and former moot court team members as judges, get the experience that will prepare them for interschool competition next year.
Class of 2015
Trial: Micah Zeno, first; John Richardson, second
Appellate: Alex Fleszar, first; Ryan McLaren, second
ADR: Felix Rodriguez-Cartagena, first; Hamilton Wise, second
Class of 2016
Trial: Rann Wang, first; Anton Martynenko and Simon Menard, tied for second
Appellate: Arienne Jones, first; Anton Martynenko, second
ADR: Liz Houts, first; Benjamin Trachman, second
Class of 2017
Trial and ADR: William Igbokwe
Appellate: Benjamin Glass
International Commercial Arbitration: Max Fargotstein