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We would like to congratulate the 2015 Baker Trial Competition Finalists

Winning Team: Maria McKee and Nathania Reyes

Runner-up Team:  Valerie Shore and Pavitra Badami

Best Oralist:

The Moot Court Board will send both teams to regional competition representing Rutgers next semester.

Congratulations to all competitors!

A Special Thank You to All Judges, Lawyers, and Board Members!

A copy of the problem can be found here: 2014 Baker Packet
2014 Competitors

The Rutgers Moot Court Board is pleased to announce the 18 Nathan Baker Mock Trial Competition Teams.  We also selected 2 alternate teams that will compete only in the event that one or more of the 18 selected teams cannot compete. 

We received many more applications this year than we anticipated, and unfortunately we could not select everyone.  One of the largest factors that played into the final decision on which teams to select was each team's experience taking Evidence.  We strongly encourage those teams that were not selected to  either apply to compete in the David Cohn Appellate Advocacy Competition in the Spring or contact the Moot Court Board for information on outside competitions.   

The 2014 Competitors are as follows:

Partner 1

Partner 2

Achille Alipour

Daniel Julian

Alexandra Kozyra

Meghal Shah

Andy Mercado

Mike Ortega

Colin Be

Omari Reid

Elizabeth Ehret

Hieu Scott Le

Ilya Kraminsky

Maximillian Novel

Jasmine Brown

Cynthia Ritter

Jonathan Tolentino

Alan Chen

Joyce Lee

Melanie Rowan-Quinn

Kimberly Pennella

Maximillian Cadmus

Michael Griffith

Joseph Leopardi

Michael Starrett

Shashwat Dave

Michell Rosen

Caroline Stewart

Nicole Siano

Keith Bostwick

Pooja Patel

Jason Clarke

Raquel Rothschild

Jacob Rothschild

Ryan Hepworth

Jenny Zhang

Samantha McCluskey

Shawn-Paul Rotella





Alternate Teams (in order of priority):


Partner 1

Partner 2:

Dionne Julius

Bradford Pennington

Lauren Ross

Pavitra Badami



Background on the Competition

The Nathan Baker Mock Trial Competition, held each year in the fall, is named after an outstanding New Jersey trial lawyer, Nathan Baker. After graduation from New York University School of Law, Nathan Baker opened up an office in Hoboken, New Jersey. At the outset, Mr. Baker represented the immigrant families who worked as longshoremen, seamen and industrial workers in New Jersey and New York. In later years, he provided legal counsel to the first-generation sons and daughters who continued to live in the area.

Nathan Baker was nationally renowned expert in admiralty law and a leading advocate for the rights of seamen and longshoremen. In New Jersey, he was recognized for his skill in trial advocacy and participated in many important court cases that expanded the legal rights of accident victims, such as Henningsen (products liability), Gluckoff (wrongful death), Ellis (proximate cause), O'Brien (comparative negligence) and Snyder (premises liability).

In 1982, Yale Law School established the Nathan Baker Professorship of Law to support the teaching of trial advocacy and evidence. In 2000, Rutgers School of Law-Newark dedicated the Baker Trial Courtroom at Rutgers Law School - Newark through his generous gift. Each fall, the Moot Court Board administers the Nathan Baker Mock Trial Competition, which is open to all second and third year law students. The experience affords such students the opportunity to improve litigation and advocacy skills while obtaining feedback from judges and attorneys.

The winners of the Nathan Baker Mock Trial Competition will go on to represent Rutgers School of Law-Newark in the National Mock Trial Competition.

2013 Nathan Baker Mock Trial Competition

Thank you to all of the Judges and Lawyers that volunteered their time to help make this a success!
Thank you to all that competed
Team 1 - Javier Gonzalez and Shawn Hendricks
Team 2 - Stephanie Lopez and Max Novel
Team 3 - Ilya Kraminsky and Janet Glore
Team 4 - Ian Siracusa and Brian Riehl
Team 5 - Shannon Dobel and Linda Lee
Team 6 - Tiffany Ornedo and Mike Ortega-Rendon
Team 7 - Evan Miller and Sarah Gore
Team 8 - Alex Larkin and John Boehler
Team 9 - Rose Yan and Kristin Yu
Team 10 - Edward Pudup and Matthew Gallagher
Team 11 - Paul Soon and Ali Ozbek
Team 12 - Natalie Pena and Harold Brantley
Team 13 - Tim Collazzi and Mike Wachtel
Team 14 - Alan Chen and Dan Pierre
Team 15 - Nicole DeLaura and Melissa Salsano
Team 16 - Matthew Klein and Chris Celentao
Team 17 - Alexander Hernandez and E. Giovannie Mercado
Team 18 - Handel Destinvil and Joshua Kleinman