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(The photo above is from the 2018 Ellen A.(Nell) Hennessy Moot Court Competition) 

CUA Law to Sponsor and Host
Second Annual Ellen A. (Nell) Hennessy Moot Court Competition

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We are pleased to announce that the Columbus School of Law will sponsor and host the Second Annual Ellen A. (Nell) Hennessy Moot Court Competition with the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel on February 23, 2019.

Last year, five law school teams competed before experienced ERISA practitioners, including the former Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security of the U. S.Department of Labor (and longtime friend and colleague of Nell Hennessy) Phyllis Borzi '78. The teams addressed current hot topics in ERISA on the enforceability of plan venue provisions, and on the prudence of offering socially responsible investing funds in a 401(k) plan.

After several hard fought rounds, Catholic and Drexel’s teams squared off in the finals before “Chief Judge Borzi,” joined by ACEBC fellows Karen Handorf and Bruce Perlin. After more than an hour of argument and intensive questioning by the panel, Drexel’s team of Savannah Merceus and Michelle Streifthau-Livizos won the team competition by a nose over the Catholic team of Willistine Harris (2E) and Shanna Mason (2L). Drexel also won best brief and Michelle Streifthau-Livizos won Best Oral Advocate.

Watch for registration details and deadlines to follow.

Click here to learn more about the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and the legacy of Ellen A. (Nell) Hennessy.