February 5, 2018

Photo Credit: Casey Dorobek
From left to right: Nathaniel Levy, Haroon Mian, Jordan Coyne, Aashini Shrivastav, Nicolette Vasile, Norma Esquivel and Tom Laverty

Top Honors at Price Media Law Competition and NYU Immigration Law Competition

February 5, 2018 - Cardozo students took home two big victories on Superbowl weekend in moot court competitions at Cardozo, focused on media and freedom of expression, and at NYU, focused on immigration.

The Monroe Price Media Law Competition, named after former Cardozo Dean Monroe Price, is an annual international competition with multiple rounds, one of which is held at Cardozo. The Cardozo team won the Americas Round at the law school on Feb. 2 and 4, placing first out of 10 teams from the U.S., Canada, South America and the Caribbean. The Cardozo team will go on to compete in the final round of the competition in Oxford, England in April, with five of the finalist teams.

The Price competition explores a problem tied to technology, social media and freedom of expression. This year’s question involved a fictional country whose leader was attacked on social media with false photographs that forced her resignation. The issue concerned to what extent both the technology provider and original poster could be held accountable. The 10 teams each argued both sides of the case before distinguished faculty who served as judges and rated each team on the strength of the case they presented.

The four Cardozo team members are 2L students: Jordan Coyne and Haroon Mian, who competed in the semifinals, and Aashini Shrivastav and Nathaniel Levy, who competed in the finals. Nathaniel Levy won best oralist.

Nicolette Vasile, a 3L student, was the head coach for team, assisted by Tom Laverty and Norma Esquivel, also 3L students.

Cardozo placed first at the NYU Immigration Law Competition, beating Georgetown in the final. This is the second year in a row Cardozo won the NYU competition. The competition, which began in 2006, focuses on cutting-edge issues in the field of immigration law and is judged by panels of distinguished NYU alumni and legal practitioners from throughout New York. The final round is judged by federal appellate and district court judges.

The two oralists in the NYU competition were 3Ls Avery Nickerson and Patrick Hill. They were assisted by 2L Natalia Mata, team coach and opposition brief writer.

Image: Avery Nickerson (left), Patrick Hill (center), and Natalia Mata (right).