Harrisburg Moot Court Team Brings Home the Honorable Victoria A. Graffeo Award for Brief Writing
Web Editor - Published: March 12, 2009
smith ayoub hbgmoot award“I feel very fortunate to have been able to participate in the Family Law Competition,” offered Bianca Smith of her experience competing in the opening round of the 21st Annual Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition, adding. “The whole experience, from writing the brief to actually going to the competition, was exciting and fun! I was so lucky to be partnered with Jillian and to have Bret Kiesling, Esq. and Sarah Brown, Esq. as our coaches. Jillian and I could not have accomplished this honor without the help of the Moot Court Honor Society and our wonderful coaches.”

The competition took place on the final weekend of February at the Albany Law School, and in addition to advancing to the 2nd round, Bianca and her partner, Jillian Ayoub, took home the 2009 Honorable Victoria A. Graffeo Award for Brief Writing. The duo defeated two other teams to advance to the second round, joining 16 other teams that advanced out of the original 28. Widener Law alumni Bret Keisling ’05 and Sarah Brown ’05 coached the successful duo.

"Participating in an external Moot Court competition was an amazing educational and personal experience. Bianca and I were given two coaches - Bret Keisling, Esq. and Sarah Brown, Esq. - who truly cared about our success as both students and future lawyers,” said Jillian of the competition, continuing, “We put our heart into this competition and when we won Best Brief, it was a great feeling to know that our hard work and dedication were recognized."