Third-year law students Andrew Ross D’Entremont, Reid Edwards, and Vincent Gangemi won first place in the Touro Law Center’s National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion. The competition was held virtually on April 3-4.
The tournament problem examined whether the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment under Employment Division, Department of Human Resources v. Smith permits a state to mandate employers, including religious institutions, to provide monetary support for abortion procedures, even if the procedures conflict with a religious institution’s beliefs. Second, it looked at whether the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment calls for reconsideration of Smith’s ruling that neutral laws of general applicability may burden religious exercise.
Edwards used extensive research skills and his law school training to craft the best arguments and write the brief that laid the framework from which D’Entremont and Gangemi argued.
D’Entremont and Gangemi worked with other members of Notre Dame Law School’s Moot Court Board to prepare for the tournament. They refined their arguments and honed in on the most important issues in the case. They spent weeks practicing their opening statements, responding to questions, and internalizing the best arguments.
“I hope to one day practice appellate litigation,” D’Entremont said. “Notre Dame, through the Moot Court Board, provides specific and helpful training to help prepare me for such a career. The tournament outcome proves that the work of the Notre Dame faculty directly helps our students.”
After graduation, D’Entremont will clerk for Chief Judge Tom Schroeder ’84 J.D. of the Middle District of North Carolina, and then for Judge Cory T. Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Following his clerkships, D’Entremont will work for Jones Day in Houston.
Edwards will clerk for Arizona Supreme Court Justice John Lopez IV. After clerking, he will join Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix to practice commercial litigation.
Gangemi will join AIG’s in-house counsel team in New York as a general legal, compliance, and regulatory associate.
D’Entremont, Edwards, and Gangemi are all part of the Law School’s Moot Court Board. As members of the board, students organize and compete in a variety of intramural and intercollegiate competitions in appellate and international divisions throughout the year.
In addition, D’Entremont is a member of the Religious Liberty Initiative’s student cohort for the 2021-22 academic year.