Katie Manzi ’08 and Tania Mistretta ’08 took first and second place respectively in the individual competition at this year’s American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA) championships, held at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition, two of the three teams that the College sent to Iowa made it to the final day of trials and finished in the top 16 out of 64 teams. This is the first time in the history of the American Moot Court Association that one college finished in both first and second place.
“This was truly a team effort,” says Manzi, a political science major and co-captain of the moot court team. “Tania and I were in this together from the beginning, and I am so proud to call her my partner.”
Manzi, a Longmeadow, Mass., native, is co-chair of the Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture Committee. After she receives her degree in May, Manzi will be joining JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York City. She eventually plans to attend law school and work in the public policy sector.
Mistretta, a political science major and philosophy minor from New York City, is a member of the Delilahs, an a cappella group at the College. Mistretta is planning to attend law school next year.
Other winning team members include Michael Whalen ‘11, Molly Delaney ‘10, Michael Lobie ‘09, Lauren Reilly ‘09, and volunteer coach John O’Donnell ’04, who captained the College’s mock trial team for three years before attending UConn Law School.
The 2007-08 case that led Manzi and Mistretta to victory concerns the Gun Free School Zone Act of 1997—a federal law prohibiting the possession of guns within a school zone.