Moot Court Travel Teams
Law students have two opportunities to earn a place on one of Moritz’s thirteen prestigious moot court travel teams. First-year students who win honors in the Moritz 1L Competition can participate on travel teams thin their second year. Second-year students who take Appellate Advocacy during the fall semester can participate in the Herman Competition and, based on their performance, earn a place on one of the travel teams for the spring or the following academic year.
Students selected for travel teams are required to enroll in Appellate Practice IV during the fall and spring semesters of their competition year. Students will receive two credits for class attendance and competition preparation/participation.
ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
The 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.
- Scarlet Team: Mary Csarny, Krista Warren
- Grey Team: Annamarie Braga, Eva Cuollo, Zach Maciaszek
- Coach: Dean Monte Smith
National Moot Court Competition
The 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.
- Team: Abigail Chin, Molly Dengler, Savannah Fox
- Coach: Prof. Elizabeth Sherowski
Andrews Kurth Kenyon National Moot Court Championships
Sponsored by the Houston-based law firm Andrews Kurth Kenyon, The Moot Court Championship was launched in 2008 and provides the top 16 law school moot court programs the opportunity to compete for the “best of the best.” The championship was created to recognize a law school’s sustained excellence in the art of written and oral advocacy. Moritz is pleased to make its third appearance at the Championships in the past five years.
- Team: John Bullock, Lydia Bolander Reback, and Audry Klossner
- Coaches: Dean Monte Smith and Prof. Elizabeth Sherowski
Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Jessup is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 87 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. Teams that are successful at the regional rounds advance to the International Rounds, held in different international locations each year.
- Scarlet Team: Ellen Phillips and Rachel Rinehardt
- Grey Team: Sam Jones and Rachel Shonebarger
- Coach: Edward Shin
Wechsler Criminal Law Moot Court Competition
Named 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. This year’s event will be hosted by SUNY Buffalo Law School on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Erie County Courthouse in Downtown Buffalo.
- Scarlet Team: Ryan Steyer and Max Williams
- Grey Team: Aileen Brock and Michelle Esparza
- Coach: Prof. Douglas Berman
Emory Civil Rights & Liberties Moot Court Competition
Emory Law students organize and host the annual Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition, which is held at Emory Law in Atlanta, GA each fall. The tournament, which focuses on issues with contemporary civil rights implications, starts with open rounds, paring teams down to quarter-finalists and semi-finalists before finalists are chosen. The preliminary rounds will be judged by lawyers from the Atlanta community. The final round is decided by judges from the Fifth Circuit, the Eighth Circuit, and the Georgia Supreme Court.
- Team: Ayesha Cotton, Masally Kanu, and Tyler Simms
- Coaches: Prof. Dan Tokaji and Chad Eggspuehler ’08
Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition
The 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, 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.
- Team: Nolan Murray and Paige Rabatin
- Coach: Prof. Gary Paul Rose
National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law
Hosted by Capital University’s Family and Youth Law Center (Formerly the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy), this competition focuses on legal issues related to the well-being of children. The Family and Youth Law Center works within child welfare, adoption, and juvenile justice systems to support positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. The competition takes place in the spring in Columbus, Ohio, and arguments are heard in the beautifully restored historical courtrooms at the Ohio Statehouse and the Supreme Court of Ohio.
- Scarlet Team: Arielle Larson and MacKenzie Newberry
- Grey Team: Gretchen Rutz
- Coach: Prof. Katherine Silver Kelly
Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition
This competition 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 competition is hosted in the spring by the Moot Court Honor Society on Brooklyn Law School’s campus in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. The Competition provides law students from across the nation the opportunity to write and argue an appellate brief that addresses evidentiary issues in a contemporary context.
- Team: Katie Bartolomucci and Kelsey Kornblut
- Coach: Prof. Ric Simmons
National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition
Now in its eighth year, this competition, hosted at West Virginia University, offers an invaluable opportunity to meet and interact with other law students interested in energy and sustainability as well as industry professionals and government regulators. The problem each year focuses on current issues facing the energy industry. Past problems have been based on energy and sustainability issues associated with the gulf oil spill; the nuclear incident at Fukushima Daiichi; and shale gas development and the Clean Air Act.
- Team: Alex al-Doory and George Rae-Grant
- Coach: Lyle B. Brown ’98
Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Moot Court Competition
Each spring, the New York Law School Moot Court Association hosts the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition. For 40 years, as many as 50 schools from across the country have competed in this prestigious event. The Wagner Competition is the nation’s largest student-run moot court competition and the premier national competition dedicated exclusively to labor and employment law. The NYLS Moot Court Association sponsors this competition in honor of the late United States Senator Robert F. Wagner, their distinguished alumnus.
- Scarlet Team: Christian George and Stacey Hauff
- Grey Team: Erica Duff and Natalie Kannan
- Coach: Prof. Camille Hebert