Moot Court Travel Teams

Law students have three 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 receive the highest grades in their Appellate Advocacy sections during the fall semester will be invited to try out for several open slots on 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 place 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.

  • Scarlet Team: Chelsea Glassmann, Ryan Semerad, Scott Surovjak
  • Grey Team: Adam Downing, Joshua Eckert, Sara Scheinbach
  • Coach: Dean Monte Smith


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.

  • Scarlet Team: Kimberly Burroughs, Kelly Flanigan, Christopher Ramdeen
  • Grey Team: Margaret Light-Scotece, Ben Rossi, Trenton Weaver
  • Coach: Prof. Mary Beth Beazley

Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition

new-orleansThe Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition is administered by the National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation and the NAPABA Judicial Council. The Competition honors the late Judge Thomas Tang, a champion of individual rights, an advocate for the advancement of minority attorneys, an ardent supporter of NAPABA and the moot court competition. Judge Tang served on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1977 until his passing in 1995. Judge Tang’s wife, Dr. Pearl Tang, continues the legacy and participates every year. The Competition is open to all students but is especially designed to reach out to APA law students and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their writing and oral advocacy skills and compete for scholarships totaling $10,000. Regional rounds are held across the country in the fall, and the winners of those rounds advance to the national competition, which is held in conjunction with the NAPABA Annual Convention (In New Orleans in 2015).

  • Scarlet Team: Shalini Goyal and Kyla Snow
  • Grey Team: Brandon Smith and Shane Wiegerig
  • Coach: Prof. Katrina Lee

 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. 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.

  • Team: Seth Enlow and 2L selected from Appellate Advocacy
  • 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: Ben Wallace and Kristin Vennekotter
  • Coach: Prof. Dan Tokaji and Ann Yackshaw ’13

 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, 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: Susan Restrepo, Patrick Schlembach, and 2L from Appellate Advocacy
  • Coach: Prof. Gary Paul Rose

National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law

ohio statehouseHosted 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: Audry Klossner and Sara Coulter
  • Grey Team: Megan Gokey and Karin Nordstrom
  • Coach: Prof. Katherine Silver Kelly

 Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition

brooklynThis 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: Kristine Perry and Christopher Santoro
  • Coach: Prof. Ric Simmons

 Billings, Exum, & Frye Moot Court Competition

GreensboroThe Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition honors three former Chief Justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court:  Rhoda Bryan Billings, James G. Exum, Jr., and Henry E. Frye. and focuses on important and contemporary constitutional law issues. At least one of the honored Chief Justices returns every year to judge the final rounds of the competition. Elon University School of Law was pleased to host the first Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition in Greensboro, North Carolina in the spring of 2011.

  • Team: 2Ls from Appellate Advocacy
  • Coach: Prof. Elizabeth Sherowski