Congratulations to Mikayla Barrett who won the 12th Annual Hancock Estabrook LLP 1L Oral Advocacy Competition! She triumphed over finalist Nikita Norman in the final round on Feb. 8, 2022. Overall, 38 1L students competed.

Barrett is from Rotterdam Junction, NY, and has a B.S. in Political Science from SUNY Plattsburgh. Although she hasn’t finalized her career path, Barrett is interested in criminal justice and medical/health law.

Norman is from Eagle Bridge, NY, and has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from SUNY Oneonta. She is a Law Ambassador for the Office of Admissions and a member of the First Generation Law Students Association.  Norman is interested in civil litigation and family law.

Barrett argued for the Petitioner and Norman for the Respondent in Theresa Vanderpump v. Bravo Quick Care, Inc. The case problem concerned Vanderpump losing her job after receiving a text message from the medical clinic Bravo Quick Care that revealed her failure to comply with pandemic-related policies. Competition Director 3L Gabriella Kielbasinski introduced this state law tort claim for invasion of privacy and statutory claim under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act case problem.

The final round was judged by Hon. Andrew T. Baxter, US Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York; Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks L’91, US Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York; Hon. Ramón E. Rivera L’94, New York State Court of Claims Judge; Hon, Brenda K. Sannes, US District Judge for the Northern District of New York; and College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise.

The College of Law thanks Hancock Estabrook LLP, who since 2013 has generously sponsored this important opportunity to introduce basic oral argument skills and the art of preparing and delivering an argument.

All photos by Mike Roy Media.