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On Saturday, May 16, 2015, over 200 students from 14 area Catholic schools and their families came together at St. John’s Law for the 13th annual Catholic Middle School Mock Trial Program.
At first blush, it read like a case straight out of Agatha Christie’s imagination. A group-owned 13th century painting of “Madonna and Child” stolen from a Geneva bank vault vanishes without a trace. After it turns up at a Sotheby's auction, adjunct professor Leila A. Amineddoleh goes to work, helping her clients regain their ownership rights in the painting.
Next month, the New York City Bar Association will present its Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award to Darryl Gibbs ’00.The award recognizes the critical role attorneys play in initiating and sustaining change within their organizations and in the New York legal community.
On May 5, 2015, Pierre Georges Bonnefil ’88 was appointed a Chevalier in the French Légion d’Honneur by the Republic of France. Established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the Légion d’Honneur is France’s highest award and one of the most prized distinctions in the world.
The student-run St. John’s University School of Law Commercial Division Online Law Report launched this year as a go-to resource for commercial litigators practicing in New York. Designed as a collaborative forum, the site offers content on a range of timely topics related to the work of the Commercial Division, including articles and commentary produced by St. John's Law students, academics, practitioners and judges in the field, and other subject-matter experts.
Associate Academic Dean Larry Cunningham, a former prosecutor, is one of several legal experts weighing in on the likelihood of a retrial in the high-profile Etan Patz murder case in New York.
In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, responding to "The Medical Bill Mystery" by Elisabeth Rosenthal (May 3, 2015), Professor Jeff Sovern suggests that medical bills should be governed by New York's law on “Requirements for Use of Plain Language in Consumer Transactions.”
W. Mark Lanier, acclaimed trial lawyer and founder of the Lanier Law Firm, will be the Law School’s 2015 commencement speaker. Lanier will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. John’s.
The LL.M. in International and Comparative Sports Law at St. John’s University School of Law will re-launch for the 2015-2016 academic year as the LL.M. in International Sports Law Practice.
The Law School’s Frank S. Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute ended its 2014-2015 mock trial competition season with an impressive record that included four championships and two visits to nationals. Along the way, five of its student advocates earned individual awards for their outstanding trial skills.

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