Esther Clark Competition

The Moot Court Board organizes and administers the annual intra-scholastic Esther Clark Moot Court Competition. Second-year Moot Court Board members compete in the Esther Clark Competition to maintain their position on the Moot Court Board.  The Esther Clark Competition requires advocates to author an appellate brief and compete in a series of arguments against their fellow second-year Moot Court Board members. The final round of the Esther Clark Competition is argued before the justices of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, who ultimately decide the winner.

26th Annual Esther Clark Competition

Photos from the 26th Annual Esther Clark Competition Finals, held at the Rhode Island Supreme Court on October 26, 2021

26th Annual Competition Winners 

About Esther Clark

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The Esther Clark Competition is named after a EstherClark2.jpg
deceased RWU Law professor, who joined Roger Williams Law faculty during its second year and taught Criminal Procedure and Evidence.  Professor Clark's impact on students went well beyond the classroom. Students voted Professor Clark “outstanding faculty member of the year” five times throughout her teaching career at Roger Williams. She believed that teaching was a twenty-four hour a day passion that went well beyond when students graduated. Professor Clark continued to assist her students after graduation.

Esther Clark graduated law school from Rutgers University Law in 1955. She was one of only two women in her class. She was also an associate editor of Law Review at the law school. After her graduation from law school, Clark became a criminal trial attorney at a time when there were very few women in that field.

Professor Clark’s determination and passion helped get RWU Law to where it is today. She helped the school grow and more importantly, helped pave the way for women in the profession of law. In recognition to her contributions to the School of Law, the Moot Court Board named the 2L Competition in her memory.

Esther Clark Competition Winners

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YearWinnerFinalistBest BriefBest Overall Oral Advocate
2007Tyler J. Smith---Kyle Rocha---
2008Craig Graham---Hala Furst---
2009John Meara---Robert Cavanagh---
2010Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye---Ezra Willey---
2011Nicholas Nybo---Christa Harris---
2012Antonio Massa VianaThomas PagliariniJeffrey Sheehan---
2013Daniel ReillySydney KirschChristopher Fragomeni---
2014Brett BeaubienJohn Ryan HenryEdward Pare---
2015Katherine BerlingLindsey LangellaDavid Revens---
2016Sean CloughGrace DzilenskiAlexandra Rawson---
2017Ryan GallagherAllison ReganBrenna Riley---
2018Crystal PeraltaLuis VargasLuis VargasCaitlyn Forrester-Johnson
2019Erin FerryAmanda Nagim-WilliamsCelina AndradeSophia Weaver
2020Jill MagnusAmanda TramonteAmanda TramonteJill Magnus 
2021Noelle SoaresDavid BragaJulissa ArcePenelope Murphy
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