Barristers' Council Enjoys Another Successful Year

June 9, 2015 —

The Georgetown Law student-run Barristers’ Council had a highly successful 2014-2015 season, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the executive board, division directors, alumni coaches, faculty and administrators, and of course our highly skilled competitors. The teams traveled throughout the country from New York to California, and as far away as Paris, Rio, Hong Kong, Vienna, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The teams excelled in every competition they attended, bringing home key finals and semifinals placements in addition to numerous individual awards and superlatives.

The Appellate Advocacy Division is currently second in the nation according to the University of Houston Blakely Advocacy Institute rankings, an elite ranking system based on tiers of competitions attended, combined with team placements and honorifics achieved at those competitions.  See more about how the rankings are derived here:  

Our Trial Advocacy program is ranked fifth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, with votes submitted from legal scholars to create specialty rankings, recognizing Georgetown as a “top law school for trial advocacy training.”   

Barristers’ Council will be led by executive director Lindsey Stearns (L’16), managing director James Kirkpatrick (L’16), finance director Matthew McCarthy (L’17) and external affairs director Joseph Loveless (L’17) for the 2015-2016 season.

Appellate Advocacy

The Appellate Advocacy Division’s success was made possible by strong showings at some of the most competitive tournaments in the country.  Sam Lehman (L’15) and Tyler Clemons (L’15) placed second overall at the Andrews Kurth National Moot Court Championship, an invitation-only competition among the top 16 appellate programs in the country. Sam and Tyler won best brief and fell just short (by less than one point!) of winning the final round. Ani-Rae Lovell (L’16) and Stephen Petkis (L’16) finished second at the New York Bar National Moot Court Competition, the oldest moot court tournament in the country, with Stephen receiving the Fulton Haight Award for Best Oral Advocate of the Competition. 

The Appellate Advocacy team will be directed by Matthew Lachman (L’16) and Stephen Petkis (L’16) for the 2015-2016 season.

Trial Advocacy

The Trial Advocacy Division brought home the 2014–2015 championship at the Fordham University School of Law's Judge Paul Joseph Kelly Jr. Invitational Trial Competition, with help from coach Palmer Heenan (L’11), Best Advocate Christopher Godin (L’16) and Best Opening Statement by Haley Etchison (L’16).  The trial advocacy team of Bill Visone (L’16), Andrew Roddin (L’15), Kush Das (L’15), and Jenna Przybylski (L’15) were invited to the elite Texas Young Lawyers Association's Tournament of Champions, a competition among the nation’s top 16 trial advocacy programs, where they were coached by alumnus Charlie Lemley (L’94).  

The Trial Advocacy Division will be directed by Haley Etchison (L’16) for the 2015-2016 season.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Division increased the number of students competing in the intra-school Bellamy Negotiation tournament, which was led by Amanda Milhet (L’16).  The ADR division competed in 13 tournaments ranging from family counseling to international arbitration throughout the United States and five countries around the world. The teams consistently placed well, including several semifinal finishes.

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Division will be directed by Kyle Helmick (L’16) for the 2015-2016 season.

Other Appellate Advocacy highlights include:

· Nathaniel DeLucia (L’16) and Matt Haskell (L’16) went undefeated in the regional rounds of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, placing first and winning best brief and advocate. They advanced to Nationals where they took second place in oral argument and were ranked third overall.

· Natasha Ravisetti (L’15) and Logan Dwyer (L’15) advanced to the final round of the D.C. Cup Competition. Logan also received an award for Best Oral Argument.

· Brad Powell (L’15) and Rebekah Mills (L’16) took second place at the North American Regional of the Manfred Lachs Space Law International Moot Court Competition, which was hosted here at Georgetown. Brad also won Best Oralist.

· Bethany Rishell (L’16) and Juyoun Han (L’16) reached the semi-finals of the Regional Rounds of the Thomas Tang Moot Court Tournament.

· Quinn Dang (L’16) and Ivana Djak (L’16) placed second at NYU’s Immigration Moot Court Competition. 

· Isis Midary (L’16), Sean Topping (L’16), Brendan Benedict (L’15), John McDermott (L’16) and Maryanne Mundy (L’16) advanced to the semi-final round of the Mid-Atlantic Regionals of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The team also secured individual awards for fourth and fifth Best Advocate.

· Jamie Strawbridge (L’16) and Andrew Shindi (L’16) advanced to the semifinal round of the Bryant-Moore Invitational. Andrew was also awarded Best Advocate.

· Matt Lachman (L’16) and Amy Leiser (L’16) advanced to the semifinal round at the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Competition, an intellectual property law tournament.

· Patrick Doerr (L’16) and Ryan Travers (L’16) advanced to the semifinal round of the premier criminal law competition in the country—the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition.

· J.R. Fleurmont (L’16) and Darian Hands (L’16) won the Best Brief Award at the Frederick Douglass competition.

· Paul Springer (L’16) and Ryan Sellinger (L’16) represented Georgetown in the Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Competition, where Ryan won Best Oralist for the competition.

Other Trial Advocacy highlights include:

· Team members Caitlin Valiulis (L’15), Harris Davidson (L’15), Lindsey Stearns (L’16), and Travis Wolf (L’15), coached by alumna Noel Miller (L’13), won second place at the Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition, and Travis Wolf won the award for Best Cross Examination.

· Coached by alumnus Nik Nartowicz (L’12), team members Bill King (L’15) and Kush Das (L’15) advanced to semifinals at the Texas Young Lawyers Association's National Trial Competition Washington, D.C. regional.

· Our teams secured quarterfinals placements at the ABA and John Marshall Law School's National Criminal Justice Trial Competition and at the Peter James Johnson Civil Rights Trial Competition.


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