Marden

February 10, 2013

15-0429

The Marden Competition provides a unique opportunity for competitors to develop advocacy skills, earn academic credit, and compete for cash prizes while participating in a highly regarded moot court tournament.


The Final Argument

Monday, April 4, Greenberg Lounge, 5:30  7:00 pm

Four NYU Law students will argue before Associate Justice Elena Kagan of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Thomas B. Griffith of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge William A. Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

The case is Bohemia v. Magnussen, involving a dramatic radio interview, a leaked email, allegations of a scandalous affair, the First Amendment, and the domestic relations exception to federal question jurisdiction.

For more details, check out the full Record or our short, SCOTUSBlog-esque summary of the legal issues. The event will be preceded by a Q&A with Justice Kagan in Tishman Auditorium.

We regret to advise that the event is now sold out. Attendees must provide their NYU IDs at the door, or present photo IDs to be checked off against the RSVP list.

Associate Justice Elena Kagan in Conversation with Dean Trevor Morrison

Monday, April 4, Tishman Auditorium, 4:00 – 4:45 p.m

Dean Trevor Morrison invites you to join him for a conversation with Associate Justice Elena Kagan of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Conversation is open to Law School students, faculty, administrators and Moot Court Board alumni. The event will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Tishman Auditorium.

Due to space limitations, seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Overflow viewing will be available in Vanderbilt Hall, Room 204.

We regret to advise that the event is now sold out. Attendees must provide their NYU IDs at the door, or present photo IDs to be checked off against the RSVP list.


Semi-Finals: Schedule and Logistical Details

Competitors and judges should review the Rules of the Competition and its Style Guide, which have been substantially revised for the 2015-16 year.

This year’s Fall Preliminary Round has now ended.  Congratulations to our twelve Semifinalists and five prizewinners!  The Fall Preliminary Round results can be found here.

Friday, March 11 Spring Marden Brief Deadline (11:59 PM)
March 12-20 —Spring Break—
March 21-24 Semi-Final Oral Arguments (Mon-Thurs, 6-8pm)
Friday, March 25 Spring Marden Finalists Announced
Week of March 28 Moot Court Board-sponsored moots to prepare for Final Argument
Monday, April 4 Final Argument

About the Competition

The Marden Competition is a moot court competition in two rounds. In the first round, held in Fall Semester, individual students take sides in a hypothetical appeal before a Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Students must write a brief on their assigned side and then argue both for and against the position they briefed before panels of practitioner judges in October.

The second, Finals round in Spring features the top performers in Fall. Students are assigned to “teams” where they argue a two-question Supreme Court moot court problem. The top four students have the opportunity to argue the case before a Finals Panel including, in many years, a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

The Marden Competition problem is carefully selected to highlight an unsettled area of the law. Each semester, Casebook Division members write an original record, as well as lower court opinions. These problems are the published in the Moot Court Casebook for the coming year.

The competition is named for Orison S. Marden (1906-1975), a distinguished alumnus of the NYU School of Law who served as a trustee of the Law School’s Foundation for fifteen years. While a partner at White & Case New York, Marden served as president of both the New York City and State Bar Associations, and was a founder and president of the New York Legal Aid Society. In addition, Albert Podell, the Moot Court Board’s patron, has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Board and its work for many years. In his honor, the Fall Preliminary Round awards three Albert Podell Prizes to, respectively, the best oral advocate, best brief-writer, and best overall participant who is a member of the Moot Court Board.

The Marden Competition is judged by panels of distinguished NYU alumni and legal practitioners from throughout New York. All judges receive CLE credit for their participation. We’re always looking for more judges, so if you are a practicing attorney in the New York area please do sign up!

Past Winners

FALL 2015 MARDEN WINNERS

Jarret Zafran ’16 – Albert Podell Award for Best Oral Advocate
Kevin Benish ’16 – Albert Podell Award for Best Brief Writer
Jesse Klinger ’17 – Albert Podell Moot Court Board Advocacy Award

SPRING 2015 MARDEN WINNERS

Andre Brewster ’15
Billy Freeland ’15
Stephen Tennsmeyer ’15 – Best Brief Writer
Sean Stefanik ’16 – Best Oral Advocate

FALL 2014 MARDEN WINNERS

Sean Stefanik ’16 – Albert Podell Award for Best Oral Advocate and Best Brief Writer
Jeremy Koegel ’16 – Moot Court Board Advocacy Award

SPRING 2014 MARDEN WINNERS

Peter Dubrowski ’14
Billy Freeland ’15
Julie Simeone ’14 – Best Brief Writer, Best Oral Advocate
Theresa Troupson ’14

FALL 2013 MARDEN WINNERS

Theresa Troupson ’14 – Albert Podell Award for Best Oral Advocate
Steve Tensmeyer ’15 – Albert Podell Award for Best Brief Writer
Sarah Dowd ’15 – Moot Court Board Advocacy Award

SPRING 2013 MARDEN WINNERS

Yotam Barkai ’13 – Best Brief Writer (tie)
Zoey Orol ’13 – Best Oral Advocate
Theresa Troupson ’14
Harold Williford ’13 – Best Brief Writer (tie)

FALL 2012 MARDEN WINNERS

Julie Simeone ’14 – Albert Podell Award for Best Oral Advocate
Harold Williford ’13 – Albert Podell Award for Best Brief Writer
Daniel Eisenberg ’14 – Moot Court Board Advocacy Award