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L-R: Steve Clifford (3L), Sam Thomas (3L), and Chris Bellacicco (2L).

Securities Law Moot Team Reaches Semifinals in New York City

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A trio of Catholic University Securities Law Program certificate students reached the semifinals of the 2013 Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition, held on March 22-24 at Fordham Law School in New York City.
The Columbus School of Law team was outscored by only two of the 27 teams competing in this year’s program, and was awarded overall “Best Brief” in the competition. 
Now in its 38th year, the Kaufman moot competition offers teams the opportunity to test appellate advocacy skills before leading jurists, securities regulators, academics, and practitioners. 
Catholic University team members included third-year students Steve Clifford and Sam Thomas, and second-year student Chris Bellacicco.
The team worked the fictitious appellate case of Diane Wade and Hilda Kadish v. Jakob Flamm and Flimn & Flamm Associates, LLP.
Catholic University’s team was coached by alumni who had been highly successful Kaufman competitors in the past. They included:
  • Margaret McGuire, 2002, counsel to the director and deputy director, SEC Enforcement Division
  • Elliott M. Smith, 2007, associate, McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Smith was a member of a three person team that won the 2007 competition.
  • Kevin Link, 2012, FINRA
  • John Fedders, 1966, former SEC Director of Enforcement
The team was assisted by Securities Law Moot Court Association Chancellor Trish Bruns, (3L).
Final round panel judges included 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; Judge Jane Richards Roth, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; and Commissioner Troy A. Paredes, of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.