Mason Moot Court Team Advances to ABA National Finals for Second Straight Year


The law school's Moot Court Board Nationals Team advanced to the national finals of the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition, to be held April 4-6, 2013, in Chicago. This is the second straight year that a Mason team has taken top honors at the Washington, D.C., regional competition. This year, over 200 teams competed nationwide in six regions to qualify for the national competition.

The Mason Law team of Martin Desjardins (2L)Michael Mortorano (3L), and Kyra Smerkanich (3L) was one of five teams out of thirty-nine participating in the 2013 regional competition in Washington, D.C., to be selected for this honor. En route to victory, the team was the number one overall seed, and it went undefeated in its preliminary and elimination matches. Last year's team of Erin Bartlett ('12), Michael Mortorano, and Allison Tisdale ('12) reached the octofinal round at the 2012 national finals, where it split a 3-2 decision against the eventual second-place team from Pepperdine University.


A second Mason team consisting of Alfred Bender (3L)Rebecca Hartrick (3L), and Kelly Van Voorhis (2L) made it into the first advancing round of the Washington, D.C., regional competition this year.