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Moot Court Competition Teams

Western New England University School of Law offers numerous opportunities for students to hone their professional lawyering skills through legal competitions. Through various inter-law school and intramural moot court teams students have ample opportunity to add valuable experiences to their law school education.



  • ABA Negotiation Team Winners

    Left to right:  Kimberly Roche, Matthew Minniefield, Joseph Masse, Thomas Holman, Rachna Khanna, and Egzon Beha

    The Western New England University School of Law teams (three teams of two) placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the final round of the ABA Region 1 Negotiation Competition. The three teams competed against 13 additional teams from law schools in New England and Upper New York State.   The teams were guided to this outstanding achievement by their faculty coach, Professor Rene Reich-Graefe and assisted by alumni/ae Mark Borenstein, Cara Hale, Chris Rousseau and Sandra San Emeterio.    

    1st place:  Thomas Holman & Joseph Masse
    2nd place:  Matthew Minniefield & Kimberly Roche
    3rd place:  Rachna Khanna & Egzon Beha.  
    First and Second place teams will go to the national competition.

    Additional Awards

    Semifinalists, National ABA Negotiation Competition, 2016-2017

    Finalist, Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2016-2017

    Semifinalists, National ABA Negotiation Competition,  2015-2016

    Regional Semifinalist, Transactional Lawyering Meet,  2015-2016

    Regional Semifinalist, Transactional Lawyering Meet,  2014-2015

    Finalist, Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2014-2015

    Quarterfinalists, Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition,  20147-2015

    Regional Semifinalist, Transactional Lawyering Meet,  2013-2014

    Regional Champion, Transactional Lawyering Meet,  2012-2013

    Finalist, Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2012-2013

    Quarterfinalists, Northeast Region, National Moot Court Competition, 2012-2013

    Second Place, ABA Law Student Tax Challenge,  2011-2012

    National Champion, Transactional Lawyering Meet,  2010-2011

    Quarterfinalists, First Amendment Moot Court Competition, 2010- 2011

    Best Brief (Petitioner), Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition,  2010-2011

    Best Oralist, Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition, 2010-2011

    First Place, ABA Law Student Tax Challenge, 2008-2009

    Quarterfinalists, First Amendment Moot Court Competition, 2008-2009

    Best Written Submission, ABA Law Student Tax Challenge,  2008-2009

    First Place, Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition,  2008-2009

    Finalist (Team 1), Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2008-2009

    Finalist (Team 2), Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2008-2009

    Finalist, Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2007-2008

    Semifinalist, National ABA Negotiation Competition, 2007-2008

    First Place, ABA Law Student Tax Challenge,  2006-2007

    Best Brief, Frederick Douglass National Moot Court, 2006-2007

    Finalist, Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2006-2007

    Finalist, National ABA Neg

Moot Court Teams

  • Our Moot Court Teams

    Students try out for moot court teams in order to perfect their research, writing, and oral advocacy skills and gain confidence and experience presenting a case in court. This valuable educational experience offers excellent preparation for stepping into a career. Team members fine-tune research, writing, and oral advocacy skills; learn to work as a team; and perform under pressure.

  • Student Testimonial

    “Negotiation team was one of the most enjoyable and meaningful experiences I had in law school.  As both a competitor and student coach on the team, I developed valuable practical lawyering skills that I will carry with me into real world practice.  I really enjoyed the collaborative and collegial atmosphere created by the coaches and competitors at practice.  Above all, we were a team, and each of us was dedicated to ensuring the success of our teammates.”Sandra San Emeterio

AAJ Trial Team

The Western New England University School of Law Trial Team holds tryouts early in the fall semester. Four students are chosen for one competing team that enters the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trial Competition. There is no writing component to the competition. Tryouts and the competition consist of mock jury trials, including opening statements, direct and cross examinations of witnesses, and closing arguments. More information about the Student Advocacy Trial Competition can be found on the American Association for Justice website.

Coach: Tina Cafaro - Professor Cafaro is an Assistant District Attorney in the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office and is the supervising professor for the Criminal Law Clinic at the School of Law. She teaches at the New England Regional Building Trial Skills program. In addition, she lectures for the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council teaching criminal law and procedure.

To Qualify: Must be a full-time 2L or part-time 3L.

Commitment: Two years – the first year you will assist the team in preparing for the competition; the second year you will select the new members and compete in the competition

Course Credit: First year you will receive 2 credits in the spring semester which satisfies 2 experiential learning credits. Second year, as a competing member, you will receive 1 credit in the fall semester and 2 credits in the spring semester which satisfies 3 experiential learning credits.

Grading: Pass/Fail

Appellate Moot Court Teams

The law school sponsors a number of appellate moot court teams each year. These teams have included:

Each of these competitions requires writing an appellate brief and then traveling to the competition and engaging in a series of competitive oral arguments. Our teams have performed extremely well in these competitions, winning awards for best oral advocate and best brief as well as national championships. 

Students interested in participating in an appellate moot court competition must enroll in a two-credit Appellate Moot Court class. Students in the class receive instruction in appellate brief writing and are required to complete two drafts of an appellate brief written with a teammate from the class. This brief is based on an actual problem from a prior moot competition. Students also receive intensive instruction and practice in appellate oral advocacy. 

The class culminates with a moot court competition. The top competitors from the competition are named to the School of Law's Appellate Moot Court Board, which is responsible for selecting the members of the traveling teams from among its ranks. All participants who successfully complete the class requirements receive two academic credits, whether they are selected to the Appelate Moot Court Board or not.

The substantial benefits of this system include: 

  • Every student in the class has an opportunity to receive direction and feedback with regard to writing an appellate brief. 
  • Students also receive additional instruction, practice, and feedback in oral advocacy.
  • Students who participate on moot court teams have the significant advantage of having written an appellate brief, having delivered multiple oral arguments, and having worked closely with a teammate, all of which are crucial to success in moot court competition.

This class is invaluable to all students, whether they compete on a moot court team or not. 
Because of the way the moot court competitions are scheduled, students take the Appellate Moot Court Course in the fall semester. However, the students selected for the School of Law's Moot Court Board typically do not compete on a team until the next academic year, unless they participate in the Rendigs Products Liability Competition, or the Williams Institute Competition, which will take place entirely in the spring semester. 
Therefore, all 2L students and 3L students who have any interest in brief writing opportunities, oral advocacy, and/or competing on an appellate moot court team are urged to register for the Appellate Moot Court Course. It is permissible to both participate in the Appellate Moot Court Course and try out for the trial teams or the negotiation teams.
Questions about the tutorial class may be directed to Professor Jeanne Kaiser or Professor Myra Orlen
Questions about the individual moot court teams may be addressed to one of the appellate team faculty advisors:  

Jessup InternationalProfessor Charity and Professor Statchen

First AmendmentProfessor Kaiser and Professor Orlen

National Moot CourtProfessor Freeman and Professor Baldwin

Rendigs Products LiabilityProfessor Steiner

Williams Institute: Professor Flynn

National Environmental Moot CourtProfessor Steiner

Negotiation Intramural Competition

Selected students participate in the ABA Negotiation Competition which simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal and factual problems against another team of students. The simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side. All of the simulations deal with the same general area of the law, but the negotiation situation varies with each round and level of the competition.

For more information, please contact:
Professor Reich-Graefe, Room 201, at rene.reich-graefe@law.wne.edu or 413-782-1451.


Transactional Law Meet

The National Transactional Law Meet is the premier “moot court” experience for students interested in a transactional practice. The National Transactional LawMeet is a part of the LawMeet family of live, interactive, educational competitions designed to give law students a hands-on experience in developing and honing transactional lawyering skills.

Selected students participate in the Transactional Lawyering Meet where students work to draft a transactional agreement and to negotiate its provisions with opposing student teams. Student competitors combine lawyering skills, drafting, knowledge of contract, corporate and other facets of business law and business sense to develop innovative solutions for structuring the transaction.

For more information, please contact:

Dean Eric Gouvin at egouvin@law.wne.edu or 413-782-1413

ABA Tax Challenge

An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, the Law Student ABA Tax Challenge asks two-person teams of students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice. Students interested in enrolling in the ABA Tax Challenge are required to enroll concurrently in the Federal Income Tax Simulation course.

For more iformation, please conact:

Professor Fred Royal at froyal@law.wne.edu or 413-782-1422.