Haub Law Finishes in the Top Eight at the ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition’s Brooklyn Regional

February 25, 2023
ABA Regionals Haub Law team

On February 16-18, the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University had two teams compete in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition’s Brooklyn Regional. The two Haub Law advocacy teams included Audra Gale, Stephanie Areford, Amanda Dinkin, and Renee Fancher.

During the intense competition, 32 teams competed with over 80 total competitors. In the preliminary rounds, the teams met fierce competition. From there, the pair of Gale and Areford advanced past the first round of eliminations to the top 16 where they faced off against the highest ranked seed of the round and won, advancing to the final round of 8 teams. After a very close final round, Pace was defeated in a narrow loss. Team captain, Audra Gale, was also awarded a top five individual oralist award out of the 80 competitors.

Of the experience, Audra said, “The NAAC was a rigorous competition full of talented competitors. I feel very lucky to have had a coach like Brad Gorson, who prepared me to perform at such a high level. My partner, Stephanie, and I share an intense drive for polish and success, which ultimately was what helped us go far. Practicing day in and day out with a dedicated and talented person like her was such a pleasure. I was very lucky to be a member of this team and am excited to see the bright futures in advocacy for all my teammates. This experience was a very bright spot to end my advocacy career at Haub Law before graduation this May!”

“I am so encouraged by our overall successes in the Moot Court Competitions this year,” said Director of Advocacy Programs at Haub Law, Professor Lou Fasulo. “This team exemplifies the work ethic, skill and pride which all our competitors strive. Congratulations to Audra and the entire team and coaches.”

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