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Catholic Law School's Securities Moot Court Team
Reaches Semifinals in New York City


A powerhouse three-student team from the Columbus School of Law bested 19 other teams to make it to the semifinals in the 36th annual Irving Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court competition, held at Fordham Law School from March 24 to 27, 2011. 
Team members James Catano (3L), Kevin Link (2L), and Robert Rhatigan (3E) together comprised “one of the most on-point, comprehensive, creative, and inspired moot court teams we have fielded in this event,” according to Professor David Lipton, director of Catholic University’s Securities Law Program.
The Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition offers teams the opportunity to test appellate advocacy skills before leading jurists, securities regulators, academics, and practitioners. 
The final round panel for 2011 included Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Judge Paul J. Kelly Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; Judge Boyce F. Martin Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Commissioner Troy A. Paredes, of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission; and Judge Jane Richards Roth, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
This year’s moot problem was a fictitious case from the United States Court of Appeals for the 14th Circuit: Securities and Exchange Commission and Devo County Teachers’ Pension Fund v. Sara Rosaparte and Villa Manilla Mutual, Norman Greenbaum, and Robert Winkle.
The 28-page legal exercise tested the student’s ability to reason their way through a “fraud created the market” scenario, a test that they passed with flying colors, according to Lipton.
“When the issue on which the problem focused comes to the Supreme Court, litigants would be advised to seek the assistance of this stunningly competent team,” said Lipton. “The team’s success reflects the typical hard, smart and conscientious preparation of our securities law students and the dedication of our alumni. I could not be more proud.”
As in past years, the CUA Law team was tutored by generous alumni, notably Margaret McGuire (2002), John Fedders (1966), and a host of competition alumni including Elliott Smith (2007), Jonathan Jachym (2007), Tiffany Rowe (2009), Jack Delaney (2009), Brian Walsh (2009), Scott Shine (2009), and others.