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Securities Law Team Reaches Quarterfinals in Prestigious Moot Competition


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A trio of third-year Catholic University law school students bested 16 of the 24 teams competing in the 39th Annual Irving Kaufman Securities Moot Court Competition, held at Fordham Law School on March 28-30, 2014. 

The Kaufman Moot is widely considered to be the preeminent securities law moot competition in the nation, and routinely draws exceptionally strong teams from law schools coast–to-coast.
The CUA Law team reached the quarterfinals by outpointing teams from NYU School of Law, University of Virginia Law School, University of Wisconsin Law School, University of Iowa Law School, and University of Florida Law School, among others.
Team members were, left to right at top, Chris Bellacicco (a second time National team member), Abby Onaghise, and Kate Maher.  
Professor David Lipton, director of Catholic University’s Securities Law Program, put it simply: “I am proud of our team.”
As in past years, committed alumni of the Securities Law Program helped prepare the team this year. They included Margaret McGuire, 2002, (SEC), James Catano, 2011(Goodwin Procter), Robert Rhatigan, 2012 (Dechert), Kevin Link, 2012 (FINRA), and Jen Crawford, 2005 (FINRA). Catano and Crawford even set up moot practices for the team at their respective offices at Goodwin Procter and FINRA.
The Kaufman competition offers teams the opportunity to test appellate advocacy skills before leading jurists, securities regulators, academics, and practitioners.
This year, the final round judging panel for the competition included United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; Judge Debra Ann Livingston and Judge Reena Raggi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and Judge Jane R. Roth, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.