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Two Bentley Teams Advance to 2009 National Moot Court Competition

January 21, 2009

Two of the four Bentley teams that competed on November 21 and 22 in the Eastern Regional Moot Tournament of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (AMCA) advanced to the national tournament slated for January 2009 in Orange County, Calif. Advancing teams are Jon Krug and Joel Johnson; and Amanda Mongell and Will Tao.

The Moot Court competition requires students to simulate legal argumentation before hypothetical appellate courts. The two other Bentley teams competing in the regional competition were Alex Fopiano and Anton Sadovnikov; and Christina Harstad and Mike Diana.

In the first round, Krug and Johnson finished 7th, and Mongell and Tao finished 8th --automatically advancing both teams to the second round of 16. Krug received a “top orator” award for accumulating the tenth highest score out of all 104 advocates. In the second round, Mongell and Tao advanced to the semi-final round.

The Bentley team is coached by Franklyn P. Salimbene, Senior Lecturer in Law. Toni Wolfman, Executive-in-Residence, Bentley Women's Leadership Institute, and Judith Malone, Bentley General Counsel, assisted by judging practice rounds of oral argument. 

Bentley was among fourteen colleges and universities that participated in the competitive regional competition, with a total of 104 undergraduates composing 52 teams. Other schools included Christendom College, Holy Cross, Fitchburg State, Merrimack, Patrick Henry College, Ramapo College, Seton Hall, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Albany, Wagner College, and Westfield State. In scoring each individual school as a whole – averaging the scores of each student -- Bentley was ranked first.

Type: Campus News