Miami Law Beats out 31 Teams to Win Prestigious Kaufman Securities Moot in NYC



Miami Law's moot court team with Justice Alito

Miami Law’s team of Joshua Williams and Jhanile Trudy Smith, both 3Ls, along with brief writer 2L Amanda Kapur, won the 44th Annual Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition held at Fordham University School of Law.  They beat out 31 teams from around the country and were coached by attorney Justin Prociv, JD ’03, of the law firm Lapin & Leichtling.

Miami Law’s team was named the winner over the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in the championship round, which was argued in front of Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of the Supreme Court of the United States; Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; Judge Andrew D. Hurwitz, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and Judge Jane R. Roth, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

“Arguing in front of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was an incredible opportunity,” said Williams, who serves as the Executive Vice President of the Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board.

“It was an honor to represent the University of Miami and the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board at this year's Kaufman Securities Competition, and we're thrilled that we could bring home a win. We could not have done this without all of the hard work and dedication of our coach Justin Prociv, and the many local practitioners who volunteered their time. It feels great that we were able to make them proud.”

The Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition is held in honor of Judge Irving R. Kaufman, a Fordham alumnus who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for many years, including seven years as Chief Judge. The Competition offers teams the opportunity to test appellate advocacy skills before leading jurists, securities regulators, academics, and practitioners. In years past, the Kaufman Competition has attracted such distinguished final round panelists as Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Byron White, notable Circuit Judges, leading Securities and Exchange Commission officials, and influential securities law academics and practitioners.

“Josh and I winning the final round is an indescribable feeling,” said Smith. “We worked really hard over the last month preparing for our oral arguments, so walking away with first place really brings a sense of accomplishment. No one deserves this win more than Josh. He really pulled a heavy load. I came into the competition late, and he worked tirelessly on the brief and stirred the ship when it came to oral argument practices. Thus, I’m so proud that I could have won alongside him. He was a real superstar from day one.”