Students argue insider trading and hearsay exception questions at Fornoff Appellate Advocacy Competition

October 20, 2016 | Events, UToday, Law
By Kirsten M. Winek

What is the scope of insider trading tippee liability? Can exculpatory testimony given in prior grand jury proceedings be admissible where the witness is unavailable for testimony in subsequent criminal proceedings?

Second- and third-year students will tackle these issues during The University of Toledo College of Law’s 45th Annual Charles W. Fornoff Appellate Advocacy Competition.

law logoThe final round of the competition will take place Thursday, Oct. 20, at noon in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

Daniel Carroll and Blake Padget will represent the United States (petitioner) in this year’s competition. Nancy Magginis and Mitchell Guc will represent Dana Dinofrio (respondent). Padget was the only competitor to go undefeated during the preliminary rounds, which earned him the honorary title of barrister in the competition.

The judges for this year’s final round will be Magistrate Judge Kathleen B. Burke from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Chief Judge Denise Page Hood from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and Judge James D. Jensen from the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals.

The Fornoff Appellate Advocacy Competition is organized each year by the UT College of Law’s Moot Court Board. Patrick Charest and Dylan Loga are the 2016 Fornoff co-chairs.

Professors Eric Chaffee and Bryan Lammon serve as Fornoff faculty advisors and helped prepare the finalists in the weeks between the tournament’s end and the final argument.

“For students, the Fornoff Competition is one of the premier events of the academic year,” Chaffee said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for competitors to learn about oral advocacy, and as a faculty member, I am very pleased to help support the competition.”

Named for former Dean Charles W. Fornoff, the competition honors Fornoff’s 31 years as a UT law professor and administrator between 1939 and 1970. During his time at the University, he continued law school operations in spite of World War II and encouraged women to pursue a legal education even when this was an unpopular stance. He generously gave his time to students and even personally aided students with financial need.

The purpose of the competition is to help students develop the skills needed to become excellent oral advocates as well as dedicated and proficient lawyers. Early rounds of the competition take place in spring semester, with additional and final rounds taking place early in fall semester.

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