Lawyering Skills Travel Teams
Moritz offers several opportunities for students to learn essential lawyering skills outside of the traditional moot court competitions.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Students interested in alternative dispute resolution can participate in Moritz’s Lawrence Negotiation competition. The winners of that competition will represent Moritz at the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution Representation in Mediation Competition, which is held in February and March each year. The ABA competition consists of 10 regional rounds and a national championship round. The championship round is held in conjunction with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, which is often held in a warm locale. Throughout the competition, students negotiate over an issue, often a contract, and are judged by practicing attorneys.
Moritz sends at least one team each year to the National Transactional LawMeet, which focuses on developing the skills of future transactional attorneys. In the competition, there are seven regional competitions and a national championship, which is held at the offices of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City. In the problem, students represent a buyer or seller in a business deal and must negotiate a deal and bring the case to close. The problem is designed to have several sticking points that must be worked out between the competiting teams. The competition is divided into three phases: First, students work in teams and prepare a proposed draft agreement. Second, each team prepares mark-ups to draft agreements prepared by the teams they will encounter during the two regional rounds. Finally, opposing teams negotiate the contours of the deal. At the national champsionship, teams have the option of revising their original proposed draft agreement. Like at the regional competitions, the teams will then mark-up opposing teams’ agreements and subsequently meet those teams during the first two rounds of the national championship to negotiate the contours of the deal. Although the competition’s specific agreement and transaction will vary from year to year, each competition’s agreement will present essential challenges in transactional problem solving – the very type that corporate departments at law firms or in-house counsel at corporations tackle on a daily basis.
Students who participate and perform well in the National Security course final exam two-day simulation are eligible to represent Moritz in the National Security Crisis Invitational held at Georgetown University School of Law. In the competition, students play the roles of federal, state, and local officials responding to national crisis. Or two. Or three. Throughout the competition, students work with other officials, often played by real-life military and government employees, to draft advisory opinions, write legislation, hold press conferences, and issue executive orders. The crisis vary from year to year (or minute-by-minute, as the case may be) and students only know the role they will play (chief-of-staff, attorney general, etc.) prior to the start of competition.
Ohio Attorney General’s Public Service Mock Trial Competition
Students who have completed the Trial Practice course can try out to compete in the Ohio Attorney General’s Public Service Mock Trial Competition. The competition is open to second- and third-year law students from an Ohio law school. It is held over two days at the Franklin County Courthouse. Attorneys from the Ohio AG’s office serve as coaches and the students are judged by practicing judges or distinguished practitioners. Each team is guaranteed to participate in at least two trials.
Texas Young Lawyer’s National Trial Competition
Trial Practice students are also eligible to represent Moritz at the Texas Young Lawyer’s National Trial Competition. The competition was started in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students’ advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the ben and bar. The program is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education. The competition is held in Austin in the spring. Before heading to Austin, students must first win one of the 14 regional competitions.