Internal Competitions

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Lawrence Negotiation Competition

October 5-8, 2015
Two teams of two advocates negotiate a legal issue in front of a panel of judges. Both teams have “community information” relating to the problem and each team has “secret information” only their side knows. There are two mandatory rounds. Points are given on how well the team negotiates and accomplishes set goals, not on the relative monetary settlement. The winners move on to the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition or the Transactional LawMeet. For more information, contact Chelsea Clarke, Executive Justice of Lawyering Skills, at clarke.264@osu.edu.

Appellate Advocacy Performance Arguments

Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2015
The Appellate Advocacy course, which most students take in the fall of their second year, involves an appellate argument based on a current case on the U.S. Supreme Court docket. Students write a brief for their client, and the experience culminates with an oral argument based on the student’s completed brief in front of a panel of judges. Students who receive the highest grade in their Appellate Advocacy section may be asked to join the Travel Team Program in the spring of their second year. For more information, contact Associate Justices Ryan Semerad and Sara Scheinbach at semerad.1@osu.edu or scheinbach.8@osu.edu.

Moritz Representation in Mediation Competition

January 25-28, 2016
Much like the Lawrence Negotiation Competition, two teams made up of two people each (a client and an attorney) negotiate with the aid of a mediator (who is not scored) in front of a panel of judges. Both teams have “community information” relating to the problem and each team has “secret information” only their side knows. The winners move on to the ABA Regional Representation in Mediation Competition. For more information, contact Chelsea Clarke, Executive Justice of Lawyering Skills, at clarke.264@osu.edu.

Herman Moot Court Competition

February 2-25, 2016
Named in honor of longtime Moot Court advisor Professor Larry Herman, the Herman Competition is a traditional Supreme Court Style oral argument. Competitors write an abbreviated Supreme Court brief, argue both on- and off-brief before a panel of local practitioners and judges, and are scored based on a combination of written and oral work. The competition culminates in the Final Four, where the top competitors argue head-to-head in Saxbe Auditorium before a panel of distinguished judges. The results of this competition determine placement in the Travel Team Program the following year. For more information, contact Associate Justices Kelly Flanigan and Christopher Ramdeen at flanigan.40@osu.edu or ramdeen.1@osu.edu.

1L Competition

March 30-April 2, 2016
The 1L Competition affords first-year students the opportunity to write a short brief and perform oral arguments in front of local practitioners and judges. Working in teams of two, students using a closed universe of research write a short brief supporting one side of the argument, and then perform an oral argument in support of their side in front of a panel of judges. The winners of this competition may be asked to join the Travel Team Program in their second year. For more information, contact Associate Justices Karin Nordstrom and Lucas Opperman at nordstrom.18@osu.edu or opperman.26@osu.edu.

Michael F. Colley Trial Competition

April 1-3, 2015
The Michael F. Colley Trial Competition provides students with the opportunity to try a case in an adversarial courtroom setting. Each team consists of two attorneys and two witnesses. These teams will have the opportunity to conduct a full trial with four total witnesses, opening and closing statements, objections, and at least two judges to make rulings throughout the case and to give critiques on how the students performed. Through the generosity of the Colley family, scholarships are available to the top performers in this competition. For more information, contact Associate Justice Samuel Roddy at roddy.31@osu.edu.