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Past Kelly Results

2016-2017 Kelly Competition Results

Results of the 2016 Kelly Competition:

  • Champions: Yale
  • Finalist: Georgetown
  • Semifinalists: GW and U New Mexico

Teams from the following schools participated in the 2016 Kelly Competition:

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • University at Buffalo School of Law
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • Elisabeth Haub Law School (formerly Pace Law School)
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • University of New Mexico School of Law
  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • Yale Law School

2015-2016 Kelly Competition Results

On Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15, 2015, the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center at Fordham University School of Law hosted the fifth annual Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Two competitors from each of the participating schools were tasked with preparing both the prosecution and defense case for People of Fordham v. Tripp Wraith. Student competitors had fifteen minutes prior to trial to prepare witnesses (played by Fordham students) to testify. The judging panels consisted of sitting and former judges, assistant United States attorneys, assistant district attorneys, and practicing trial attorneys. Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. presided over the final round.

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Kelly Competition Champions, Brooklyn Law School, and the 2015-2016 finalists, Georgetown University Law Center. Congratulations also to Quinnipiac University School of Law and University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law for advancing to the semi-final round.

Congratulations to the individual award winners:

  • Best Opening Statement: Kaitlyn Dawson, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Best Direct Examination: Kevin Farrington, Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Best Cross Examination: Evan Feuerstein, St. John’s University School of Law
  • Best Closing Argument: Katherine McBeth, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Best Advocate in the Preliminary Rounds: Zachary Dunn, Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • Best Advocate in the Final Round: Samantha Oakes, Brooklyn Law School

Teams from the following schools participated in the 2015 Kelly Competition:

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Hofstra University, Maurice A. Deane School of Law
  • Pace Law School
  • Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • St. John’s University School of Law
  • St. Louis University School of Law
  • SUNY Buffalo Law School
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law

2014-2015 Kelly Competition Results

On Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, 2014, the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center at Fordham University School of Law hosted the fourth annual Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Two competitors from each of the participating schools were tasked with preparing both the prosecution and defense case for United States of America v. Rishi Ramnarain. Student competitors had fifteen minutes prior to trial to prepare witnesses (played by Fordham students) to testify. The judging panels consisted of sitting and former judges, assistant United States attorneys, assistant district attorneys, and practicing trial attorneys. Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. presided over the final round.

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Kelly Competition Champions, Georgetown University Law Center, and the 2014-2015 finalists, American University Washington College of Law. Congratulations also to Florida State University College of Law and University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law for advancing to the semi-final round.

Congratulations to the individual award winners:

  • Best Opening Statement: Haley Etchison, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Best Direct Examination: Annie Berry, American University Washington College of Law
  • Best Cross Examination: Steven Michelen, Brooklyn Law School
  • Best Closing Argument: Anthony McDaniel, University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law
  • Best Advocate in the Preliminary Rounds: Christopher Godin, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Best Advocate in the Final Round: Christopher Godin, Georgetown University Law Center

Teams from the following schools participated in the 2014 Kelly Competition:

  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Pace University School of Law
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • St. John’s University School of Law
  • SUNY Buffalo Law School
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • UCLA School of Law
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law

2013-2014 Kelly Competition Results

On Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, 2014, the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center at Fordham University School of Law hosted the Third Annual Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Eighteen teams from thirteen law schools across the country competed. In the final round, Aaron Reichlin-Melnick and Jennifer Przybylski of Georgetown University Law Center defeated Menghan (Sylvia) Dai and John Garcia of Brooklyn Law School. District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti of the Southern District of New York presided in the round. The evaluators were former Fordham Law Dean John Feerick, Professor James Kainen, Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret Groban, and former Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Virella.

Congratulations to the individual award winners:

  • Best Opening Statement: Justin Collins, George Mason University School of Law
  • Best Direct Examination: Kioceaia Stenson, Emory University School of Law
  • Best Cross-Examination: Maya Kushner, American University Washington College of Law
  • Best Closing Argument: Kate Golensky, Emory University School of Law
  • Best Advocate: Menghan Sylvia Dai, Brooklyn Law School
  • Best Advocate in the Final Round: Jennifer Przybylski, Georgetown University Law Center

Teams from the following schools participated in the Spring 2014 Kelly Competition:

  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Drexel University School of Law
  • Emory University School of Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • George Mason University School of Law
  • Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • Pace Law School
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • St. John’s University School of Law
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • Valparaiso University School of Law

2012-2013 Kelly Competition Results

On Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 2012, the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center at Fordham University School of Law hosted the second annual Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Two competitors from each of the participating schools were tasked with preparing both the prosecution and defense case for People of the State of Fordham v. Christopher Clarkson. Student competitors had fifteen minutes prior to trial to prepare witnesses (played by Fordham students) to testify. The judging panel consisted of sitting and former judges, assistant United States attorneys, assistant district attorneys, and practicing trial attorneys, including the Hon. Cathy Seibel, the Hon. Kevin N. Fox, the Hon. Lucian A. Vecchio, the Hon. Joseph Kevin McKay, the Hon. Douglas E. McKeon, the Hon. Kevin Tierney, Commissioner Edna Wells Handy, Christopher Flood, and Walter Mack.

Congratulations to the 2012 Kelly Competition Champions, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, and the 2012 finalists, American University Washington College of Law. Congratulations also to University of California Davis School of Law and University of Miami School of Law for advancing to the semi-final round.

Congratulations to the individual award winners:

  • Best Opening Statement: Bethany Lipman, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Best Direct Examination: Jared Axelrod, Brooklyn Law School
  • Best Cross Examination: Jacquelyn Evans, University of Miami School of Law
  • Best Closing Argument: Jameson Connor, St. John’s University School of Law
  • Best Advocate: Josef Mensah, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University
  • Best Advocate in the Final Round: Rachel Hubbs, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University

Teams from the following schools participated in the 2012 Kelly Competition:

  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Pace Law School
  • Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • St. John’s University School of Law
  • University at Buffalo Law School
  • University of California Davis School of Law
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • University of Miami School of Law

2011-2012 Kelly Competition Results

Georgetown University won the 1st Annual Kelly Competition in 2011.