YSU team places first in regional Moot Court contest, heads to nationals

Youngstown State University students Andrik Massaro of Canfield and Jacob Shriner-Briggs of Liberty placed first out of 38 teams in the Great Lakes Regional Moot Court Tournament.

At the competition at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, the YSU team of   Samantha Fritz of Canfield and Jacob Tomory of Canfield placed third.  

The two teams, along with the YSU teams of Jillian Smith of Canfield and Michael Marshall of Boardman, and Brian Duricy of Howland and Erik Glasgow of Warren, will travel to Stetson University College of Law in Florida Jan. 6 and 7 to compete in the American Moot Court Association’s national tournament. 

Nearly 750 of the nation’s best pre-law students compete in regional competitions for 160 slots in the national tournament. Last year, the YSU team of Massaro and Shriner-Briggs advanced to the "Elite 8” at nationals.

The American Moot Court Association ranks YSU 11th in the nation in undergraduate moot court. The YSU Moot Court team is coached by Paul Sracic, chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at YSU.  

Caption: Jacob Shriner-Briggs, left, and Andrik Massaro.