BUFFALO, N.Y. – The huge gold cup is now being engraved
with the name of the University at Buffalo Law School in
preparation for its return to the school for the first time in more
than 40 years.
The UB Law School team came in first to win the annual Niagara
International Moot Court Competition, held this year on Feb. 28
– Mar. 2, in Toronto, Canada.
Hosted every year by the Canada-United States Law Institute, the
competition draws participants from Canada and the United States.
The competition location alternates annually between Washington,
D.C. and Toronto, Canada.
This year’s competition problem concerned issues involving
expropriation of private property, the financing of terrorism and
Canada’s granting of refugee status to a suspected terrorist
financier whose name was included on the UN Sanctions
A prestigious final bench panel included The Honorable Tom Snow,
Immigration Judge, U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for
Immigration Review; The Honourable Kimberly Prost, Ombudsperson, UN
Security Council's Al-Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee; and
The Honourable Ian Binnie, Justice, recently retired from the
Canadian Supreme Court.
Members of the UB Law School’s team also won awards for
Second Best Respondent Argument and Third Best Advocate. The team
finished the preliminary rounds as the highest-ranked team at the
competition and advanced through the quarter-finals and semi-finals
to face the second highest-ranked team, Case Western Reserve
University School of Law, in the final round.
According to the judges, the competition’s final round was
exceptionally well argued by both teams.
The 2013 UB team included Adam Barth ’13, Carey Beyer
’14, Jennifer Bryant ’14, Andrew Dean ’14, and
Matthew Hoffman ’13. The team of Carey Beyer and
Matthew Hoffman won the quarter-final, semi-final, and final
The team of Jennifer Bryant and Andrew Dean won Second Best
Respondent Argument during the preliminary rounds in a category
that involved consideration of both their oral arguments and
Jennifer Bryant won Third Best Advocate for her arguments during
the preliminary rounds. Adam Barth acted as this year’s
alternate, assisting the team in preparing for the competition.
The 2013 UB team was coached, for the first time, by recent UB
Law School graduates Angelyn Delgato ’12 and Melissa Overbeck
’11, both of whom have had significant experience with this
They, in turn, had the assistance of student coaches Phil
Modrzynski ’13 and Erin Ross ’13, who had both competed
at the Niagara competition in 2012.
Tryouts for the 2014 UB Law School team will be held in