Sabha Salamah 2L Wins Advocate of the Year Competition
Sabha Salamah 2L won the 2016 Advocate of the Year Competition (AYC) on Oct. 21, after facing off against second place winner Yohannes Moore 2L in the final round of the oral and written advocacy skills competition. Dana Marquez 2L was awarded Best Brief in the competition.
“The competition helps students to hone their oral skills as communicators even if they do not plan to go into litigation,” said Director and Assistant Professor of Legal Writing Edith Ho. “Attorneys are expected to speak to large groups in all kinds of settings. AYC helps students to gain confidence in thinking on their feet.”
Salamah represented the petitioner in a case considering whether a prosecutor’s failure to disclose material exculpatory evidence to a defendant prior to a plea agreement violates the Constitution’s guarantee of due process. She received the Best Oralist award during her First Year Moot Court Competition and will be competing in New York this spring at the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Moot Court Competition.
“We got such great constructive feedback after each round from many judges,” said Salamah, who wants to pursue a career in litigation. “I learned a lot about oral advocacy, researching the law, and knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your argument. I think the law trains you to be a zealous advocate, and I found that I really enjoy being able to do one-on-one type of representation.”
Presiding justices were the Honorable Beverly Wood ’83, the Honorable Lynn Duryee ’79, and the Honorable Harry Dorfman.