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Bryon M. Chowka Wins 2015 Appellate Moot Court Competition
The final round of the 2015 Appellate Moot Court Competition was held on Nov. 19 in the Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. This year’s winner was Bryon M. Chowka, a third year law student interested in civil and commercial litigation, as well as appellate advocacy. Chowka graduated magna cum laude from Susquehanna University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Legal Studies. This summer, he competed at the E. Earle Zehmer Workers’ Compensation National Moot Court Competition in Orlando, Florida. Chowka serves as a law clerk at Burns White LLC.
The 2015 runner-up was Susan Kessler, a third year law student interested in civil litigation. Kessler graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri with a degree in Business Administration. She is the Senior Articles Editor and a published member of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. Kessler has served as a law clerk for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and as a judicial intern for Judge Nora Barry Fischer of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. This summer Kessler worked as a summer associate in the Pittsburgh office of Jones Day, where she will return after graduation.
This year’s Appellate Moot Court Competition was presided over by the Honorable Joy Flowers Conti, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Honorable D. Michael Fisher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Philip A. Ignelzi of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
The Appellate Competition is organized by a student Moot Court Board. The 2015-16 Board Members are Emily M. Farah (Chair), Bryant A. Andrews-Nino, Nicholas F. Bunner, Sophiko Geguchadze, Jesse I. Exilus, Vanessa N. Griffith, Colleen A. Mallick, Natalie Mangene, Jake Morrison. The Board's faculty advisor is Professor Ben Bratman.
Formally established in 1895, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law is the oldest and largest law-school program in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt’s law-school program prepares its students for real-world practice through traditional legal coursework as well as experiential learning opportunities in one of its seven law clinics. With nearly 10,000 alumni, Pitt’s School of Law emphasizes practical skills training and helping its students enter the field of law as practice-ready legal professionals.