Memphis Law Moot Court Board 2018-2019 Advocacy Program at University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law The Moot Court Board of the Cecil C.
Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis is dedicated to recognizing, coordinating, and fostering excellence in both appellate and trial advocacy. The Moot Court Board consists of twenty third year law students who are selected from the most qualified applicants. The incoming board is announced during the spring semester prior to the Freshman Moot Court Competition. The Moot Court Boar
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The 2018-2019 Moot Court Executive Board has been selected!
Chief Justice: Escarlet Escobar
Associate Chief Justice: Richard Vaughan
Associate Justice of the Advanced Competition: Zane Heller
Associate Justice of the Freshman Competition: Alan Matthews
Associate Justice of the Mock Trial Competition: Charlie Argana
FINAL ROUND - FRESHMAN COMPETITION:
Please join us today at 3:00pm in the Historic Courtroom as we support our final round contestants, Eliza Jones and Rachel Goodwin. Ms. Jones and Ms. Goodwin will present their arguments before our panel of guest judges, including: Justice Holly Kirby, Judge Paula Skahan, Judge Bob Weiss, Judge Mary Wagner, and Dean Letsou.
Immediately following the final round, we will celebrate the accomplishments of this years competitors throughout the competition at the Freshman Moot Court Reception in the Reading Room on the 4th Floor. At the reception, we will present the Top Ten Oral Advocate and Best Oral Advocate Awards, and announce this year's FMC Runner-up and Winner.
See you there!
See below announcement for the National Moot Court Team Interest Meeting this Friday at Noon!
onlegalgrounds.memphis.edu National Moot Court Team Interest Meeting Friday at Noon by Moot Court · April 4, 2018 ATTENTION 1Ls and 2Ls: There will be an interest meeting for those interested in competing on the National Moot Court team in the fall this Friday at noon. Location: TBA. The National Moot Court Competition is on...
We are now accepting applications for the Christian Soronen Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy! Please see the link below for more information: http://onlegalgrounds.memphis.edu/wordpress/index.php/now-accepting-applications-for-the-christian-soronen-award-for-excellence-in-oral-advocacy-6/
onlegalgrounds.memphis.edu Now Accepting Applications for the Christian Soronen Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy by Moot Court · March 21, 2018 We are now accepting applications for the Christian Soronen Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy. The official announcement and statement of the requirements is below. The dead...
Attention 1Ls: Don’t forget to register for the Freshman Moot Court Competition by Sunday, March 4 at 5pm.
To sign-up, register for the Freshman Moot Court Competition course on TWEN. Under Course Materials, click “Sign-Up Here” and complete the registration form.
We strongly encourage everyone to sign-up and compete to gain experience before your graded rounds! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Associate Justice for the Freshman Competition, Rebecca Holden, at: [email protected]
The in-school mock trial competition is coming to a close! The final round will be Friday 2/23, 6pm – 8pm. Escarlet Escobar & Charles Barnett will represent the prosecution and go against Richard Vaughan & Alan Matthews for the defense.
There will be a reception and awards ceremony to follow for competitors, MCB members, and judges.
ABA Team Dress Rehearsals:
You are cordially invited to the ABA team's upcoming dress rehearsals. The team will be conducting two dress rehearsals. The first is this Friday (2/23) at 5pm in the small courtroom.This round will feature Misty O’Neal and Waleed Naser - arguing on behalf of Petitioners and Whitney Trujillo and Sydney Franklin arguing on behalf of Respondents. The second dress rehearsal is next Monday (2/26) at 7pm in the Historic Courtroom. This round will feature Sydney Franklin and William Walsh IV arguing on behalf of the Petitioners & Misty O’Neal and Zane Heller arguing on behalf of Respondents. Please come out and show your support for the team as it makes its final preparations before the regional competition.
[02/13/18] Reminder: Join us in the small courtroom (room 310) at noon tomorrow, February 14th, for our annual Moot Court Board interest meeting. Lunch and refreshments will be provided! See you there!
[02/09/18] ATTENTION 2Ls: Join us in the small courtroom (room 310) at noon on Wednesday, February 14th for our annual Moot Court Board interest meeting. Refreshments will be provided.
ATTENTION 2Ls and 3Ls: The deadline to signup for the Mock Trial Competition has been extended to January 31st at MIDNIGHT. So, grab a trial partner, fill out a conflict sheet, and sign up!
This is a great opportunity to complete the half credit you earned during the 1L competition. Additionally, if you are a 2L who is interested in the Moot Court Board this is your last chance to compete in a competition before the application process begins. To be eligible for the board, you must have competed in at least two competitions.
Put your trial advocacy skills to the test! Sign up on TWEN for the 2018 Mock Trial Competition today! Click the link below for more information.
[01/18/18] It's that time of year again! The 2018 Mock Trial Competition is fast approaching. The problem will be released via TWEN on Wednesday, January 24, 2018! Stay tuned here for more details!
ATTENTION: 2Ls and 3Ls interested in trying out for the Duberstein and/or Wagner Travel Teams:
Tryouts for the Duberstein Team will be held next Monday (11/13) and Tuesday (11/14) beginning at 5pm.
Tryouts for the Wagner Team will be held next Monday (11/13) and Wednesday (11/15) beginning at 5pm.
Tryouts will consist of you conducting a moot style argument before members/coaches of the current team. It is recommended that you use either your oral argument from the Advanced Moot Court Competition or your oral argument from the Freshman Moot Court Competition. After your argument, there will likely be a short interview.
If you are interested in trying out for either team, send the following documents to Chief Justice Matt Stombaugh ([email protected]) by this Friday at 5pm:
Cover Letter (indicating the specific team you're interested in)
In addition to those documents, please indicate your availability for the days listed for tryouts for the purpose of scheduling your tryout.
[11/07/17] The National Moot Court Dress Rehearsal is Tuesday at 7 in the Historic Courtroom. Come cheer on Escarlet Escobar and Alan Matthews in their final practice round before heading to regionals in New York!
The Duberstein and Wagner Moot Court Travel Teams will be hosting an information meeting in the Small Courtroom on Tuesday, November 7th at noon.
The meeting will explain the time commitment for each team, when tryouts will be held, and requirements for selection. If you have any interest at all in getting more moot court experience, we highly encourage you to come to the meeting to learn more about these two teams.
For information on the Duberstein Bankruptcy Law Competition, click here: http://www.memphis.edu/law/programs/duberstein-team.php
For information on the Wagner Labor Law Competition, click here: http://www.memphis.edu/law/programs/wagner-competition.php
memphis.edu Duberstein competes in two competitions in the spring. First, is the Honorable Lloyd George Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition at University of Las Vegas Nevada. This is a regional competition that prepares teams for the annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, one of the largest moot cou...
The Advanced Moot Court Competition will come to a close tomorrow, November 3rd, at 3PM. Please come join your classmates in cheering on this year’s finalists! The final two teams will be arguing the constitutional implications of both state cyberbullying statutes and police searches of electronic devices. Our distinguished panel this year will consist of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Ross Dyer, Division 8 Circuit Court Judge Robert Weiss, and our very own Dean Peter Letsou.
This event is open to all classes. If you wish to attend, then please be seated in the Historic Courtroom by 2:50PM tomorrow afternoon.
To our first-year students especially, this event is an excellent demonstration of what to expect in your Freshman competition. The Moot Court Board strongly encourages you to attend.
Congratulations to tonight’s winners:
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Congratulations to the 10/23 winners!:
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Great job guys!
We are excited to announce that the Advanced Competition is now underway!
Congratulations to Walsh/Jackson for the 10/16 win!
Tonight’s winners are Marston/Lightfoot - Heller/Argana!
Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for the latest competition updates!
Join the Moot Court Board on Friday, October 6th for the Advanced Moot Court Competition Kickoff Party! There will be refreshments and a screening of Mean Girls in the South Bluffs Theater.
Where: 4 W Riverview Dr. - South Bluffs Apartments Event Center
When: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 6pm-9pm
We hope to see you there!
2Ls and 3Ls:
For those interested in learning more about the Advanced Moot Court Competition, the Moot Court Board invites you to an interest meeting: Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM in the small courtroom.
To view the 2017 problem, sign up for the Advanced Competition TWEN page and select "2017 Problem: George v. Tennabama".
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!
Attention 2L’s & 3L’s:
Are you interested in joining the Moot Court Board and/or competing on a travel team?
If so, join us this Saturday for the Moot Court Board Open House! This is a great chance to meet and greet with current members of the board and those who’ve competed on a travel team. Refreshments will be provided by the board.
When: This Saturday, August 26th from 3:30 – 5:30pm.
Where: RSVP by emailing Chief Justice Matt Stombaugh at [email protected] for more details.
Check out the teaser for the upcoming 2017 Advanced Moot Court problem!
The 2017-2018 Moot Court Executive Board has been selected!
Chief Justice: Matt Stombaugh
Associate Chief Justice: Misty L. O'Neal
Associate Justice of the Advanced Competition: Whitney Trujillo
Associate Justice of the Freshman Competition: Rebecca Holden
Associate Justice of the Mock Trial Competition: Lan Chen
The Moot Court Banquet is tomorrow at Central BBQ. This event is for Moot Court Board Members and Travel Team Members and their coaches. See you there!
RISING SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO TRY OUT FOR THE 2017 NATIONAL MOOT COURT TEAM
TEAM MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE TWO HOURS OF COURSE CREDIT.
The problem generally arrives in mid-September. The team must write the brief with no assistance. The brief is generally due in mid-October. The competition is in mid-November. The top two teams in the region advance to the National Finals, which are held in New York City in early February. The team is coached by Professor Barbara Kritchevsky, Director of Advocacy.
Students interested in trying out must submit: (1) your resume; (2) a 1-2 page statement of interest; and (3) a writing sample to Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board, Kendra Lyons ([email protected]). Your writing sample can be your best work from your Legal Methods course, or any other brief that you would like to submit. Application materials are due Monday, April 10th at noon.
Try-outs: The tryout consists of an argument and an interview. Applicants may argue any issue they wish (most give the argument they gave in the last in-school competition). Applicants should be prepared for questions; the judging panel will stop the argument after approximately ten minutes. The interview will follow the argument. Numerous factors go into selecting a team. The writing sample is very important because the brief is a crucial part of the competition. The interview, argument, and statement of interest are also important. Other relevant factors include prior work and writing experience, experience as a member of a team, and success in law school and previous competitions. We are seeking a well-balanced team and are likely to select individuals with different strengths and backgrounds. Membership on the team is a substantial time commitment, but many people have successfully competed and been members of Law Review and Moot Court Board.
There will be try-outs for spring travel teams in the fall. Trying out for Nationals is likely to improve your chances for making a spring team.
Notable achievements of the National Team include:
• 2015: Best Brief and Regional Quarterfinalists
• 2016: Second Best Brief
• 2012: Regional Finalist
• 2010: Region VII Best Brief
• 2008: Regional Finalist
• 2006: National Second Place
• 2006: Best Oral Advocate Final Round
• 2005: Regional Finalist
• 2001: Best Brief, Region VII
• 1999, 1993: National Quarterfinalist
Congratulations to tonight's winners!:
The Freshman Competition final round is Friday at 3:00pm in the Historic Courtroom with reception and awards to follow.
Awards to the final contestants and top 10 Freshman oral advocates.
Come cheer on your classmates and see who will be crowned the 2017 1L Winner!
The 1L Competition is almost complete! Congratulations to our winners of 3/28:
Congratulations to our 1L winners of 3/27!
Congratulations to our 3/24/17 1L Winners!
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