Holsinger Named Best Oralist
Law School Teams Make Finals in Moot Court Competitions NYU School of Law congratulates two moot court teams that distinguished themselves at the European Law Moot Court Competition and the Law of the World Trade Organization Moot Court Competition.
One of the final argument judges greets the new Moot Court Executive Board for 2003-04 at a reception prior to the final argument: (from left) Judge Alex Kozinski, Amanda Nadel (’04), Emily Tannen (’04), and Vanessa Stich (’04).
s Melissa Holsinger (’04) made her argument in the annual Orison S. Marden Moot Court Competition, she was interrupted by one of the competition’s distinguished judges, Alex Kozinski, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He quizzed her about which precedent justiﬁed the plaintiff in challenging a school district. Although this question was not central to her argument, Holsinger was able to answer it effectively, and even held her own as the judges debated a topic among themselves. “May I jump in?” she asked. Judge John Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York responded affably: “Jump in any time.” The four competition finalists, Holsinger; Ion Hazzikostas (’04), who won the “Best Brief ” award in the semifinals; Peter Lallas (’04); and Amnon Siegel (’04), the winner of the “Best Brief ” award in the preliminary rounds, briefed and argued cases in preliminary rounds before advancing to a second round as semifinalists. The semifinals were held before local judges and attorneys. The top four students were then assigned a new side of the argument to be argued in the final round before Kozinski, Koeltl, and Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After rebuttals, the judges retired to chambers and emerged to pronounce the appellants victorious in the case, and to name Holsinger the best oralist. They praised all the finalists, calling for a round of applause in their honor. Dean Richard Revesz presented Holsinger with the Marden Moot Court Award for Best Oralist. The competitors, which each year includes both second- and third-year students, joined the dean, judges, and members of the Moot Court Board to celebrate the competition and the accomplishments of the board. ■
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European Law Moot Court Competition The team from NYU School of Law competed in a regional ﬁnal of the European Law Moot Court Competition in Lisbon, Portugal, and was successful in obtaining a place in the All European Final in Luxembourg. The regional team members, Jose Feris (LL.M. ’03), Karin Intermill (LL.M. ’03), Florence Kramer (LL.M. ’03), and Tzvika Nissel (LL.M. ’03), accompanied by their coach, teaching assistant and Emile Noël Fellow Martina Kocjan, competed alongside nine other teams for the opportunity to advance to the ﬁnal round. The skillful arguments of Kramer, acting as advocate general, secured the team a place in the All European Final, where Kramer argued again as advocate general. The European Law Moot Court Competition is the second largest international moot court competition in the world, and the largest and most prestigious in Europe. Supported and hosted by universities all over Europe, the competition is widely recognized as one of the most efﬁcient ways for students to study and learn European law and legal practice in general.
Graduates Selected as Trainees on International Court of Justice
Ten teams are sent to each regional heat to present their arguments to a panel of eight judges sitting as the European Court of Justice, but only one team and one advocate general proceed to the third stage, the All European Final in Luxembourg. The showing by the NYU School of Law team was the best ever by a U.S. team in a European law competition. Moot Court Competition on the Law of the World Trade Organization NYU School of Law students David Bennion (’04), Martin Molina (LL.M. ’03), Delﬁn Rodriguez (’04), and Jared Wessel (’04) qualiﬁed for the ﬁnal oral rounds of the 2003 Moot Court Competition on the Law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The Law School team held the additional honor of being the only U.S. team admitted to the ﬁnals. The competition, organized and co-sponsored by the European Law Students Association, centered around a hypothetical trade dispute arising from the imposition of an import ban on ﬁsh products by a large economic bloc on a country that allows the hunting of whales for scientiﬁc purposes in spite of a moratorium on commercial whaling. In the ﬁnal round, the team argued before a panel of distinguished scholars and practitioners in WTO law, many of whom were past panel and/or appellate body members. ■
Oberg, and Sivakumaran competed with students from other prominent law schools in the United States and Europe. The new trainees begin their nine-month assignments in September in The Hague, Netherlands. ■
Four NYU School of Law graduates have been selected by the International Court of Justice for trainee positions in 2003-04: • Jose Ricardo Feris (LL.M. ’03) • Christopher Le Mon (’03) • Marko Divac Oberg (LL.M. ’03) • Sandesh Sivakumaran (LL.M. ’03) The International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has a dual role: to settle, in accordance with international law, the legal disputes submitted to it by countries; and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized international organs and agencies. The former Law School students will train under the court’s 15 judges. Feris, Le Mon, T H E L AW S C H O O L
The 2003 issue of the magazine of the New York University School of Law.