Harrisburg students Peri Fluger and Anthony Czuchnicki participated in the 26th Annual Cardozo/BMI Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law from March 4th through 7th, advancing all the way to the semifinal round. Professor Michael J. Cozzillio
coached the team.
The first team from either of Widener’s campuses to participate in the competition, Peri and Anthony advanced through the preliminary rounds before defeating a team from Seton Hall and then a team from the University of Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals. They were finally defeated in the semifinals by the number one ranked Fordham team that eventually won the competition. The team’s brief was also ranked amongst the top ten best briefs for the competition.
Said Peri Fluger of the experience, “Overall, it was highly valuable experience and we definitely gained a lot from the competition. It was good to represent Widener in a competition where our school had not been represented before and to perform as well as we did. We hope a team can represent our school next year at Cardozo and surpass our achievements.”
Describing how the team’s confidence grew during the competition, Anthony said, “Our competitors consisted of teams from some of the top law schools in the country. After winning the first few rounds, our trepidation diminished. The confidence in our oral advocacy skills that emerged enabled us to finish as semi-finalists. We hope that we will be able to impart some of the insights we have gained from this experience to future participants.”
Both Peri and Anthony expressed thanks to Bret Keisling, Clarke Madden, Jeni Pilgrim, Distinguished Professor John C. Dernbach
, Professor Amanda Smith
, and Professor David Raeker-Jordan
for providing them with practice sessions the week before the competition.
The entire Widener Law Community congratulates Peri, Anthony, and Professo Cozzillio on their wonderful accomplishments.