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March 27, 2013

A team of three USF School of Law students beat out 45 other teams in March to win the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition, the premier national competition dedicated exclusively to labor and employment law.

Alyssa Bussey 2L, Zach Webster 3L, and Kathryn (Katie) Fraser 3L won first place in New York Law School's Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition.

Kathryn Fraser 3L, Zach Webster 3L and Alyssa Bussey 2L made up the team. Fraser, a returning member of last year’s team, attributes the team’s success to the support they received in practices from faculty and alumni and to the team’s willingness to challenge and push each other as teammates.

“Arguments, which could last for hours after we had already completed a double practice, and which continued in text messages and emails throughout the next day, made us completely prepared for any question that the extremely knowledgeable judges could throw our way,” Fraser said. “These arguments also ensured that we could answer a question effectively while still maintaining some passion and personality, instead of just reciting a prepared, robotic response. It was this ability, to argue the law and facts passionately and persuasively, that set us apart from the other teams. Law isn’t dry. If you are making it dry than you are doing it wrong.”

The team also was awarded second place for Best Petitioner Brief and Fraser was named most outstanding oral advocate of the competition, which is run by the New York Law School.

“I’ve never felt so proud to be a part of something,” Fraser said. “I hope that this win on the national stage in some small way gives something back to the law school that has given so much to me.”

The oral arguments can be viewed here