Duquesne Law student wins Best Oral Advocate at national competition

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Duquesne Law student received a Best Oral Advocate award and her Appellate Moot Court Board team reached the octo-final round at the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) in Washington, D.C. this week. 

As winners of the regional championship in Brooklyn, New York in February, the Duquesne Law team of (front left) Alyssa Lazar, 2L, Amanda Geary, 3L, and Amy Kerlin, 3L, earned a spot to compete at the national event, one of only 24 teams from across the country invited to the 40th annual competition. 

Kerlin, Geary, and Lazar argued on and off brief two times in the preliminary rounds, then advanced to the octo-finals, where their team lost in a split decision. Notably, the Duquesne Law team defeated an Oklahoma School of Law team that went on the win the competition.

Kerlin won a Best Oral Advocate award at the national event. The 2018 NAAC marks the second time a Duquesne Law team advanced to the national round of the prestigious competition. 

Congratulations to all three students and Adjunct Professor Erin Karsman, the Appellate Advocacy Program coordinator, who coached the students. 

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Read about the Appellate Advocacy Program at Duquesne Law. 

Faculty Referenced In Article

Photo of Erin Karsman Erin Karsman, J.D.Appellate Advocacy Program Coordinator and Adjunct Professor