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Moot Court Honor Society

The Moot Court Honor Society is the Law School’s only co-curricular appellate advocacy honors program. Our members sharpen their written and oral advocacy skills, argue cutting-edge legal issues and compete in a range of internal and external competitions. Students participating in the Moot Court Honor Society regularly engage with legal profession leaders, including celebrated St. John's alumni and state and federal judges. They also build relationships with future colleagues and mentors.

In 2016-2017, the Moot Court Honor Society had a strong year in external competition.

Highlights of our season include:

Timothy Gallagher '17 and Rachel Houle '17 won the Emory University School of Law Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition. They were coached by James Kerins '17 and Emily Walsh '09.

Christopher Atlee F. Arcitio '17 and Anna Chen '17 advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition. Kristin Lee '15 coached the team, which swept the northeast regional rounds and earned the best brief award there. Lee and teammate Lawson Huynh '16 took second place at the Thomas Tang nationals in 2014. This year marked the third time in four years that a St. John's team won regionals and advanced to nationals in the competition.

Corey Trail '17 and Sara Jackson '18 advanced to the final round of the Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition at Fordham Law School. They were coached by James Kerins '17 and Kate Garland '12.

Julie Lavoie '18 and Madeline Collins '18 competed in the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition at Seton Hall University School of Law. Beating out 40 teams from across the country, they advanced to the semifinals) and won best respondent's brief. Ray Mechmann '17 was the team's student coach, and Thomas Rooney '10 served as the alumnus coach.

David Knapp '17 and Kristen Lasak '17 competed at the Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition, advancing to the quarterfinals. The team won best respondent’s brief, and Knapp was recognized as the second best oralist. The team was coached by Corey Trail '17 and Thomas Gerrity '09. 

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We welcome your inquiries. Please contact:

Executive Director
Madeline Collins
St. John’s School of Law
Moot Court Honor Society
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
[email protected]

Faculty Advisors
Christine Lazaro
Susan Landrum