November 01, 2017
Tulane’s Moot Court Team, Miriam Gentile, Marcella Lupski, Anna Potter and Jackson Smith, took second place in a recent national competition.
many Tulane students, the last weekend in October involved preparing for
Halloween or attending Voodoo Fest. That
wasn't the case for four talented Tulane Moot Court students who took
second place in a prestigious national mock trial competition.
third-year law students took part in both prosecuting and defending a complex federal
wire fraud case in the In Vino Veritas trial competition hosted by Golden Gate
Law School in San Francisco, Calif.
There were 16 teams and 64 advocates from across the country including from
New York, Florida, California and Washington DC.
team of Miriam Gentile, Marcella Lupski, Anna Potter and Jackson Smith
went undefeated in four preliminary, quarter-final and semi-final trial rounds
where they had to try both sides of the case. Tulane's team ultimately came
in second, losing by a razor-thin margin in the final trial that was held in
Sonoma County, Calif.
addition to the team's outstanding second place finish in this nationally recognized
trial event, Potter, an advocate, was recognized with the award for the
Best Opening Statement of the competition. Smith was recognized with the award
for Most Outstanding Overall Advocate for the entire competition.
case itself involved multi-million dollar investment by a California NBA
basketball star in a winery in Central America who claimed he was defrauded by
the defendant. The advocates had to examine and cross examine both lay and
expert witnesses, together with making opening statements and closing
The team was coached by longtime Tulane Adjunct Professor William Sommers.
team, for once again bringing national awards to Tulane Law School and its Moot