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 in Chicago.
Scarlet Team: Ellen Terry, Liam Sidebottom, Paul Stammen
Gray Team: Riley Grant, Nate Ecker, Noelle Suarez-Murias
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 law 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: Sam Harrison, Brittany Munn, and Trina Thomas
Gray Team: James Reising, Darby Dooley, and Abby Califf
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 at the Erie County Courthouse in downtown Buffalo.
Scarlet Team: TBD
Gray Team: TBD
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.
Team Scarlet: Michael Hilsheimer, Lydia Kotowski,and Jason Wilhelm
Team Gray: Mason Patrick. Mellicent Costarella, David Hofsess
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: Jesse Vogel
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: Celina Bontiagao; other members TBD
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.
Team: Peter Stoecklein, Josh Pittman, other member TBD
The Frank A. Schreck Gaming Law Moot Court Competition is hosted by the William S. Boyd School of Law's Society of Advocates Moot Court Competition Team, and the UNLV Gaming Law Journal. The Competition focuses on emerging issues at the intersection of gaming law and regulation. Competitors will hone their appellate advocacy skills before prominent jurists and practitioners in the gaming capital of the world: Las Vegas, Nevada.
Team: Brooke Zentmeyer, Nolan Wiley
The William B. Spong Moot Court Tournament is an invitational tournament that gathers top-ranked schools and judges from across the nation to debate current constitutional law issues. The first invitational moot court tournament was held in 1972, and rapidly became one of the leading moot court tournaments in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Team: Helen Fite, Bailey Coughlin,third member TBD
The Younger Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association sponsors the annual Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition.
Team: Kate Clark, Steve Nosco and Neema Ashou