Moot Court Travel Teams

Law students have two opportunities to earn a slot on one of Moritz’s twelve prestigious travel teams. Second-year students who receive the highest grades in their Appellate Advocacy sections during the fall semester will be invited to try out for several open slots on 3-person travel teams and, if selected, will then have the opportunity to compete at the national level in the spring of their 2L year. Alternatively, second-year students can participate in the Herman Competition in the spring and, based on their performance, earn a slot on one of the travel teams for the following academic year.

Students selected for travel teams are required to enroll in Appellate Advocacy IV during the fall and spring semesters of their third year. Students will receive two credits for class attendance and competition preparation/participation.

 Travel Teams

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

chicagoThe ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court. Teams of two or three students compete in one of six regional competitions held around the country. There are three qualifying rounds of competition in the regionals. The top 16 teams advance to the semifinal round, with the winners advancing to the final round. The winning four teams from each regional competition advance to the National Finals.

Moritz usually field two teams in this competion. In 2013-14, the Scarlet Team consists of Jim Saywell, Lisa Herman, and Colin Kalvas. This year’s  Gray Team is Kyle Shelton, Melvis Houseman, and Syane Roy.


National Moot Court Competition

new yorkThe National Moot Court Competition is the oldest, largest, and one of the most prestigious moot court competitions in the country. It is co-sponsored by the New York Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. The competition includes 179 teams from 124 lasw schools.  There are 14 regional competitions held throughout the country and the top two teams from each region advance to the national competition, which is held in the House of the New York City Bar Association, a national landmark. The judges in the final rounds often include well-known sitting federal and state judges.

Ohio State law often field two team in this competition. In 2013-14, the Scarlet Team is Dave Dirisamer, Mike Dallaire, and Mike Disotell. The Gray Team is Matt Strayer, Zach Imwalle, and Robert Dodson.


Sutherland Cup Constitutional Law Competition

washington dcThe Sutherland Moot Court Competition is the oldest, private moot competition in the country. It is hosted by  hosted by the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America. Originally a competition between four law schools – Columbus School of Law, Yale Law School, Columbia Law School, and Fordham Law School – the competition is designed to tackle active constitutional issues in the same manner as Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland had– precisely, vigorously, and zealously.

The 2013-13 Sutherland Cup team is Angelica Jarmusz, Jozeff Gebolys and Sarah Hill.


 Wechsler Criminal Law Moot Court Competition

buffaloNamed after the drafter of the Model Penal Code, the Annual Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition is the only national moot court competition in the United States to focus on topics in substantive criminal law. Problems address the constitutionality and interpretation of federal and state criminal statutes as well as general issues in the doctrine of federal and state criminal law. It is held each year at the University of Buffalo.

Blaise Katter and Calland Kluchar represent Moritz in the competition in 2013-14.


 McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition

minneapolisThe William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition is an inter-scholastic appellate moot court competition sponsored by the University of Minnesota Law School. Its mission is to promote interest, reflection and discourse among law students, law faculty and members of the practicing bar and bench in the substance, procedure and practice of civil rights law and to provide opportunity to interested law students to develop the oral advocacy and writing skills essential to be successful appellate practitioners.

The 2013-14 Moritz team is Kris Missall and Natalie Holzaepfel.


 Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition

delawareThe Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition is a corporate law competition sponsored by the Widener University School of Law in Delaware. The competition focuses on the area of corporate law. Each round of the competition is judged by attorneys and judges from the bench and bar of Delaware and nearby Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Each year, a distinguished scholar in the field of corporate law joins the competition’s final bench.  It is named in honor of Ruby R. Vale. Mr. Vale was an excellent lawyer and was highly regarded by judges and members of the Pennsylvania Bar. He is perhaps best remembered for his multi-volume work titled, Vale’s Pennsylvania Digest. Upon his death, the Ruby R. Vale Foundation was formed, which provides financial support for the Ruby R. Vale Distinguished Scholar Program.

The 2013-14 Moritz team is Jenna Grassbaugh, Ryan Harmanis and Hunter West.


Tulane Mari Gras Sports Law Invitational

new orleansHeld in New Orleans in February, the Tulane Mari Gras Sports Law Invitational is help in conjunction with the Tulane Sports Lawyers’ Journal. This appellate competition focuses on sports-law topics and draws teams from 33 schools ranging from Harvard to the University of Southern California.

In 2013-14, Moritz will be represented by Brittany Pace and Nathan Spencer.


 Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition

brooklynThis competition if hosted by the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society and focuses on issues of evidence. It is named in honor of the late Jerome Prince, renowned evidence scholar, teacher, and author of Prince on Evidence, who served as Dean of Brooklyn Law School from 1953-1971.

The 2013-14 Moritz team is Alex Kennedy, Meagan Woodal and Brodi Conover.


 Wagner Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition

Manhattan Office Vacancy Rate Drops In Second QuarterEach spring, the New York Law School Moot Court Association administers the Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition in honor of the late U.S. Senator and distinguished alumnus. The competition is the nation’s largest student-run moot court competition and the premier national competition dedicated exclusively to labor and employment law. For over 30 years, schools from across the country have competed in this prestigious event.

In 2013-14, Moritz will be represented by Ashley Loyke, Zachary Horton and Eric Monroe.


 National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

new york threeEach February law students from around the country assemble at Pace Law School to compete in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC). Conceived by Pace Law students, the competition began in 1989 as a modest endeavor with 22 schools participating. It is now the largest interschool moot court competition of any kind under one roof, regularly attracting in excess of 200 competitors from diverse law schools and 200 attorneys who serve as judges for the three days of oral arguments.

The competition provides a rigorous academic experience for the participants, testing skills in appellate brief writing and oral advocacy, involving issues drawn from real cases, and providing first-hand experience in environmental litigation. Competitors research and analyze current and challenging legal environmental issues, write persuasive arguments advocating how the issues should be resolved, argue the issues orally and have their performances evaluated and critiqued by practicing attorneys.

Representing Moritz in 2013-14 are Megan Cook, Daniel Inscore, and Christopher Howell.