Suffolk University Law School Moot Court Team Wins Hispanic National Bar Association Competition


BOSTON – Suffolk University Law School’s Moot Court team captured first place in the eighth annual Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition held recently in Dallas, Texas.

The winning Suffolk team, comprised of Patricia Morisette of Brighton and Joel Munoz of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, took part in several rounds of oral argument as well as submitting a lengthy appellate brief on the topic of the legality of the use of race in a law school’s admissions process. In addition, Ms. Morisette won a third place award for Best Oralist.

Twenty-six schools took part in the competition, including teams from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Georgetown University Law Center and Stanford Law.

“While I was quite pleased with Joel Munoz and Patricia Morisette’s victory in the competition, I can’t say that I was surprised,” said Herbert N. Ramy, director of the academic support program at Suffolk University Law School and coach for the team. “They are intelligent, hard-working, driven individuals and did everything necessary to succeed. Patricia and Joel worked extremely hard preparing for the competition and took my critiques of their work very professionally. As a graduate of Suffolk University Law School myself, I am quite proud of the fact that they are representative of the quality legal professionals this school continues to produce.

Morisette, a third year day student, is co-chair of the Latin American Law Student Association and note editor for the Transnational Law Review. A native of Lima Peru, she is the daughter of Dr. A. Ruben Berrospi and Mrs. Ana Maria Salcedo de Berrospi and is married to Barney J. Morisette. She is a graduate of Boston University.

Munoz is a second year day student, treasurer of the Latin American Law Student Association and liaison to the Student Bar Association. He is a graduate of Providence College.

Located in the legal and business center of Boston, Suffolk University Law School was founded in 1906 and has grown to be one of the largest law schools in the country with both full- and part-time divisions. The newly constructed David J. Sargent Hall was dedicated in 1999, and is the most technologically advanced law school facility of its kind. The core curriculum provides a strong legal foundation for more than 200 upper level elective courses, four specialty concentrations in the JD program and five joint-degree programs that combine law and business, public administration, international economics, finance and criminal justice. A program leading to an LLM in global technology was instituted in 2002.

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