Left to right: Kevin Ryan Green, Kristina Cahill, Hon. Cynthia Reed Eddy, Patty Love Anouchi, Jordan Berty, and Rebecca Kennedy
Pitt Law students Jordan Berty (3L) and Rebecca Kennedy (3L) took first place in the final round of this year's Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition for the second year in a row. In the competition held Mar. 19, Kevin Ryan Green (3L) and Kristina Cahill (3L) competed against Berty and Kennedy. Each of the top four finishers will receive a monetary prize and recognition in the graduation program.
The Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition is one of Pitt Law’s three intramural competitions. Students compete in teams of two, delivering opening statements and closing statements, and conducting direct examination and cross examination of witnesses (including making evidentiary objections) in a mock case created by the Moot Court Board. This year's mock trial case was a tort action based in slander. In the suit, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant defamed her after telling the parties' landlord that she was an alcoholic and child abuser. The plaintiff alleged that such statements resulted in her direct eviction, and subsequently sued the defendant for damages in excess of $50,000.
The competition is named after Murray S. Love, who was a 1954 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was a distinguished trial attorney in the Pittsburgh area. After his untimely death, his friends, family, and law firm created a fund to underwrite a mock trial competition in his memory. Murray Love's widow, Patty Love Anouchi, and nephew, Paul Supowitz, continue to support the school and competition. The first Murray S. Love Mock Trial Competition took place in 1981.