Nell Hennessy Moot Court Competition

Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Second Annual Ellen A. (Nell) Hennessy Moot Court Competition, hosted by the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, took place on February 23, 2019, at Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

This year’s problem addressed issues arising from the denial of disability benefits under ERISA-covered plans, particularly the legal standards that courts should apply when reviewing a plan’s claims denials.


8 teams from the following 6 schools competed:

  • University of Buffalo, School of Law
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Washington University School of Law

Brief Scoring Judges:

  • Judith P. Broach
  • Robert W. Rachal
  • Veronica Rouse
  • Barry Salkin
  • Diane M. Soubly

Moot Court Judges:

  • Joni L. Andrioff
  • The Honorable Phyllis C. Borzi
  • The Honorable George H. Bostick
  • Karen L. Handorf
  • Elizabeth Ysla Leight
  • Ann E. Moran
  • Bruce L. Perlin
  • Sara R. Pikofsky
  • The Honorable W. Thomas Reeder, Jr.
  • Susan E. Rees
  • Karen K. Suhre
  • Henry Talavera