UB National Moot Court team advances to the national round

Front row, from left: University of Pennsylvania student competitors Jacob Boyer and Alina Artesian and UB’s Janet Franklin and Greg Waterworth. Back row, from left: William J. (Bill) Murphy, regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers for the Baltimore-D.C. region; the Hon. Andrea Leahy, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland; the Hon. Lynne Battaglia, Court of Appeals of Maryland (ret.); the Hon. Douglas Nazarian, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland; and the Hon. James Eyler, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland (ret.).

Front row, from left: University of Pennsylvania student competitors Jacob Boyer and Alina Artesian and UB’s Janet Franklin and Greg Waterworth. Back row, from left: William J. (Bill) Murphy, regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers for the Baltimore-D.C. region; the Hon. Andrea Leahy, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland; the Hon. Lynne Battaglia, Court of Appeals of Maryland (ret.); the Hon. Douglas Nazarian, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland; and the Hon. James Eyler, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland (ret.).

UB National Moot Court coaches Brad Peabody and Ellery Johannessen, J.D. ’13, send wonderful news about the Region III regional round of the 67th Annual National Moot Court Competition, which was held at the Angelos Law Center:

This weekend, UB had the honor of hosting the Region III regional round of the 67th Annual National Moot Court Competition. But this weekend was not just about UB as a host school, it was about UB students as competitors. As coaches, we had the distinct privilege of coaching two of UB’s finest advocates, Janet Franklin and Greg Waterworth, both 2Ls. Our competitors faced fierce competition from nine other schools in the region.

After a phenomenal weekend of argument before four Maryland appellate judges and numerous Circuit and District Court judges, Janet and Greg captured the regional runner-up award in the regional final round, as well as the award for the best brief in Region III. Having advanced to the final regional round, Janet and Greg have moved up to the nationals.

It is a great accomplishment to advance to the national round of this competition, but Janet and Greg achieved even more:

* As 2L students, they came within two-tenths of a point against a seasoned 3L team from Penn, which is a perennial favorite to win this competition;
* They are the first UB National Moot Court team to advance to the nationals since 2012;
* They are the first UB National Moot Court team to win the Best Brief Award since 2010; and
* They are the first team in UB’s history in this competition to advance to nationals with all 2L students.

Words fail us when we try to explain how proud we are of Janet and Greg. They have worked tirelessly during this process, and they did so while also serving as shining examples of congeniality among competitors. They have been sterling exemplars of the UB moot court program and all it is capable of achieving.

We invite you, the entire UB law community, to join us in congratulating Janet and Greg and in wishing them success at the national rounds in February!

Learn about UB’s moot court program.

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