Herman Moot Court Competition
January 23–26, 2017
Herman is a traditional Appellate Advocacy Style / Supreme Court Style oral argument. Competitors write a brief, argue both on brief and off brief before a panel of judges, and are scored based on a combination of written and oral work. The results of this competition determine placement in the Travel Team Program the following year.
Moritz Representation in Mediation Competition
February 4–5, 2017.
Much like the Negotiations 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 a Regional Competition against other schools.
March 22–25, 2017
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. First-year students pair up, and are given a fact pattern and several cases and statues on point with the fact patterns. Each team writes 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.
Michael F. Colley Trial Competition
March 25–26, 2017
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.
Fall 2017, Dates TBD
Two teams made up of two people each negotiate 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 a Regional Competition against other schools.
Appellate Advocacy Performance Arguments
Fall 2017, Dates TBD
The Appellate Advocacy course, which most students take in the fall of their second year, involves writing a Supreme Court style brief based on a current case on the Supreme Court docket. 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.