From Professor Fred Brown:
I am delighted to report that the UB Tax Moot Court team garnered the award for Second Runner Up for Oral Argument in the 2017 National Tax Moot Court Competition held this past weekend in Saint Pete Beach, Fla.; the UB team placed third out of 16 teams in oral argument. Team members Amanda Odorimah and Selena Qian performed brilliantly throughout the competition, receiving glowing praise from the judges for their organization, knowledge of the law and facts, clarity, speaking technique, poise and persuasiveness.
The UB team rattled off successive victories against Mitchell Hamline, University of Washington and University of Louisville before being defeated by Nova Southeastern in the semifinals in a very close decision. The UB team then rebounded with a resounding win against LSU in the consolation round, argued before U.S. Tax Court judges, to win the award for second runner up. Amanda and Selena displayed tremendous diligence and determination during the competition and in the months of research, writing and preparation leading up to it.
Special thanks go to Professors Walter Schwidetzky and John B. Snyder III, as well as to alums Steve Cornelius, Lizzy Mourges, Jeremy Rountree, Lani Sinfield and Sue Watson, along with current students Stanley Carignan and Julia Houp for serving as judges during the team’s practice arguments.