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Appellate Advocacy Team Advances to National Finals After Win in New York Regional Competition

November 19, 2010 – 
The Rutgers School of Law–Newark National Moot Court Team took first place in the New York regional round of the 61st National Appellate Moot Court Competition, advancing to the national rounds that will be held in late January 2011. The competition is sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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Moot Court team members Andrew Burroughs (4th from left), Daniel LeCours (5th from left), and Brett Pugach (3rd from right) with New York regional competition judges and Stephen Broer (4th from right), chair of the New York City Bar Young Lawyers Committee.   
Team members Andrew Burroughs, Daniel LeCours, and Brett Pugach won all five of their rounds – two preliminary rounds, an elimination round, the semi-finals, and the finals. Le Cours was named second best overall oralist of the competition and the team had the second best brief in the region.

“The Rutgers team had the talent and worked hard to prepare for the regionals,” said coach Alan C. Thomas, Class of 1987 and partner at Fischer Porter Thomas & Reinfeld, P.C. “When those things come together, good things happen.”

Retired New Jersey Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz, who is Visiting Jurist-Emerita-in-Residence at Rutgers–Newark Law School this semester, provided unique guidance to the National Moot Court Team. Speaking on behalf of the team, LeCours said: “We especially want to thank our coach, Alan Thomas, for all of his guidance and support. We also want to thank Adjunct Professor Judy Russell and Chief Justice Poritz for helping us to prepare for the competition and the members of the Moot Court Board for sitting in on the practices and their enthusiastic encouragement.”

The members of the Rutgers team were the top three finalists in last spring’s intramural David Cohn Appellate Competition.