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Two Bentley Moot Court Teams Advance to National Tournament

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Two Bentley Moot Court Teams Advance to National Tournament


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Bentley teams were seeded first and fifth out of 46 teams competing in the Eastern Regional Tournament of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association, a competition where student teams simulate arguments before the Supreme Court. Bentley’s teams will now advance to the national tournament in January at Regent University Law School in Virginia.

(Bentley's Moot Court team members with their coach, Senior Lecturer Franklyn Salimbene)

Bentley fielded three teams in the tournament. The teams were made up of the following students:

Team 1: Will Markow ’13 and Alexis Lawlor ‘13

Team 2: Tim Donovan ’13 and Moussa Hassoun ‘14

Team 3: Gianni Crameri ’13 and Will Manning ‘14

Bentley’s Team 3 captured the first seed. This was the first time a Bentley team placed first in the regional tournament. Team 2 placed as the fifth seed.

Will Markow was recognized for being among the top 15 orators in the competition, for which he also was recognized in 2010. His teammate, Alexis Lawlor, received a top orator in last year’s competition.

Moot Court simulates arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court where both team members act as advocates, and are given 20 minutes to argue their case, and each advocate must speak for a minimum of seven minutes. Teams are judged by actual attorneys and judges on their forensics, knowledge of the law, demeanor, and ability to answer questions from the bench.

This year’s tournaments required the teams to argue the constitutional issues involved in a university affirmative action program aimed at increasing a falling male enrollment, addressing the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, and the same university's policy not to officially recognize student groups that discriminate in their membership on the basis of gender, based on the 1st Amendment’s right of free association.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit


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