Mason Law Teams Sweep Top Awards in Competition

Posted: December 7, 2009 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: January 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm

By Donna Sneed

On Nov. 20 and 21, two Mason Law moot court teams swept all possible top awards in the Region IV qualifying rounds of the National Moot Court Competition sponsored by the City Bar of New York and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Held at the Federal Courthouse in Richmond, Va., the qualifying round was extremely competitive, drawing participants from 20 top law schools from Virginia and surrounding states. This year’s competition represented the first time that both Mason Law teams reached the semifinals of the Region IV qualifying event.

Mason’s team of Tim Silvester, Joshua Newborn and Kathryn Ciano finished in first place, with Silvester receiving the award for best final-round oralist.

The team of Rosie Rust, Amir Katz and Nicole Burns secured the award for best brief and reached the semifinal round, where they suffered a narrow loss to their classmates by only 0.53 points. The combined results of nine matches for the two teams yielded eight wins, with the match between the two teams representing the only recorded loss.

Ernest Isenstadt, an adjunct professor in appellate advocacy who helped both teams prepare for the competition, watched both the semifinal and final rounds and was very pleased with the teams’ exceptional performance.

“The teams’ success in a field that included many strong competitors is a testament to their talent and hard work, and maybe just a tiny bit of good luck, as well,” Isenstadt says.

Having won the competition after five rounds of arguments, the team of Silvester, Newborn and Ciano became one of 28 teams nationwide (two per region) that will compete in the national rounds in New York City, Feb. 1-4, 2010.

Mason Law teams have competed in the Region IV qualifying rounds for seven years, with this year marking the fourth year that a Mason Law team has advanced to the national finals in New York.

This article originally appeared on the School of Law web site.

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