The annual Torts versus Contracts paintball teams have met on the field of battle for the 2015 charity competition and I am thrilled to report that Torts emerged victorious — tying the competition now 2-2 over the last four years. It was a sweet victory given the two-year slump for Torts. As in prior years, it was extremely close and came down to the last game but legal descendants of Learned Hand overwhelmed those of Karl Llewelyn in the final minutes.
The annual competition is the outcome of an auction to support our public interest law program at George Washington University. These contests have raised thousands of dollars for indigent clients and public interest work. The Torts team was composed of myself, Brendan O’Callaghan, Jim Gaylord, Michael Gershoni, and Andrew Walter.
Over in the House of Slytherin, the Dark Lord (aka Contracts Professor Greg Maggs) was teamed with Garrett Henderson, Andrew Klemash, Jason Ross, and “Big Mike” (who goes by nom de guerre). Contracts fought back from a 2-0 deficit to tie up the match for the final elimination competition.
We had a great time in perfect weather in the Virginia countryside. Special thanks to Brendan O’Callaghan and Garrett Henderson in helping organize the teams and of course my friend and colleague Greg Maggs. The Contracts team left with a determined look so I expect next year is going to be epic.
In the end, the torts training on assaults, battery, and false imprisonment proved too much for Contracts. Our Cardozian cry of “Danger Invites Rescue” will echo through the ages to inspire generations of young torts paintballers. Our attacks were proximate, our victory foreseeable and our damages punitive. Not since Helen Palsgraf was laid low by the railroad scale in Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad Co., 248 N.Y. 339, 162 N.E. 99 (N.Y. 1928) has the zone of danger been so expansive and so devastating. Well done Torts Team in this great and noble undertaking.