Pitt Law Students’ Memo Takes Second Place at Bryant National Health Law Transactional Moot

Pitt Law students had a strong showing at the Fifth Annual L. Edward Bryant, Jr. National Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition. Zachary Laplante, Paul Bametzreider, and Mark Laird’s legal memorandum took second place at the competition, held at Loyola’s Corboy Law Center in Chicago, Ill. on March 20.

In the competition, three-person teams of JD students prepare a legal memorandum for a fictitious client, offering business and legal recommendations for how to go about entering the health insurance market in its region.

“It was somewhat challenging to go from more standard forms of law school work like legal memoranda and briefs or oral arguments to an advising situation,” Bametzreider said. “It was important in the competition not merely to describe legal outcomes, but to provide recommendations for how a business should proceed based on those possible outcomes.”

Pitt Law students Paul Bametzreider, Zachary Laplante, and Mark Laird

A distinguished panel of attorneys and health care executives, posing as the client’s “Executive Management Team,” serve as judges of the memoranda.

“Anticipating the judges' questions and knowing how to respond was also a real challenge,” Laplante said. “Our adviser, Bill Maruca [a 1982 Pitt Law alumnus and partner at Fox Rothschild], was invaluable in that respect.”

Laird said Pitt Law Professor Alan Meisel's Health Law & Policy and Current Issues in Health Law courses were vital to their understanding of the issues in the competition, as well to the drafting of the memorandum and their presentation.

“Pitt Law's health program prepared us to succeed in this competition by providing insight into the many areas of the U.S. health care system and its related laws,” he said.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Pitt Law’s health law program #14 out of nearly 200 law schools in its most recent law school specialty rankings.