Moot Court Board News

38th Annual National Trial Competition Tryouts

Participate in one of the best trial advocacy competitions in the nation. Students selected to compete on the National Trial Team will be more prepared for the courtroom than most second- and third-year associates in litigation firms. Learn from experienced trial attorneys and polish your trial advocacy skills – objections; opening statements; closing arguments; direct examinations, cross examinations; impeachment; introducing exhibits; refreshing recollection; thinking on your feet; prepping “real” witnesses. 

In February, the UofL team will travel to Arkansas to compete at regionals. The top two teams from each Region will compete in the National Competition in San Antonio, Texas, on April 3-6, 2013. Last year, UofL advanced to the National Competition.

The School will select two teams to compete in the Regional Competition. This year’s Regional Problem will be released November 16. It will be a criminal problem. Teams will be selected and notified before Spring Registration begins.

To tryout, prepare and deliver an opening statement or a closing argument based on a past NTC problem – State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb. The Grubb problem can be accessed on the NTC website under “Past Problem Archive.”   http://www.tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/law-students1/trial-advocacy-programs/national-trial-competition/ The opening or closing should not last longer than 12 minutes. Please also bring two copies of your resume.

Because the competition is in February, the majority of practices will be held in January and February (twice per week).  A few practices will be scheduled in November and December. 

Students will receive two credit hours for participating in the competition. Questions?  Contact Erica Wood or Mia Walters.

Tryouts:  October 22
(Sign-up outside the Moot Court Board Office!)

2013 National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition Tryouts!

Interested in criminal law?  If so, 2L, 3L, or 4L students are encouraged to sign-up for the 2013 Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition.  This competition will be held on March 23, 2013 at SUNY Buffalo Law School in Buffalo, New York.  Competing in this event is an excellent opportunity to meet other law students interested in criminal law, as well as attorneys currently practicing in the field.  The team is coached by local attorneys Ted Shouse and Annie O'Connell.

To sign up, please email a resume and a writing sample to Brian O'Connor at bjacksonoconnor@gmail.com by November 6, 2012.  A team will be chosen based on these two items and a brief oral argument.  Tryouts for this competition will take place in mid-November.

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact Brian O'Connor.

Congratulations to the Trademark Moot Court Team Members!

The following students have been accepted to participate in the  trademark moot court competition:

Dana Michelle Eberle-Peay
Sean P. O'Tormey
Ronald H. Morton
Kathleen Richard
Ross Thompson

Please joing the Moot Court Board in congratulating the students selected for the team and best wishes for the upcoming competition!

Congratulations to Pirtle-Washer Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to Pirtle-Washer Semi-Finalists Paige Hamby, Pete Lay, Samantha Constantine, and Stephanie Carr.

Each of the competitors received excellent reviews from the attorney judges for their oral advocacy skills during the preliminary rounds on Saturday October 13. On Saturday, October 20, the competitors will advance to the semi-final rounds of the competition held in the Allen Courtroom of the law school.

At 9:00 a.m. Paige Hamby v. Pete Lay

At 10:30 a.m. Samantha Constantine v. Stephanie Carr

The final round will begin at 1:00 p.m.

All students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

Securities Law Moot Court Tryouts

Any interested 2L or 3L who would like to compete in the Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition should email Michael Tyrikos at Michael.tyrikos@louisville.edu by Wednesday, October 17th. Students who express interest will receive a copy of the problem for the tryouts to take place in late October. Please see the attached flyer for more information and feel free to contact Michael.tyrikos@louisville.edu with any questions.

Securities Law Moot Court Team Tryouts

Any interested 2L or 3L who would like to compete in the Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition should email Michael Tyrikos at Michael.tyrikos@louisville.edu by Wednesday, October 17th. Students who express interest will receive a copy of the problem for the tryouts to take place in late October. Please see the attached flyer for more information and feel free to contact Michael.tyrikos@louisville.edu with any questions.

Witness Needed for KY Intrastate Mock Trial Team

Any interested 2L or 3L is eligible to sign up with the Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial team as a witness!  You will get one credit hour for participating!  Practices are Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00 and Sundays from 4:00-8:00.  The competition is in Highland Heights, KY (Campbell County) on November 9-11.  Contact the coaches if you are interesed! t.stevens.ky@gmail.com and heend.sheth@gmail.com.

Immigration Moot Court Board Team Now Accepting Applications

The Moot Court Board is now accepting applications for the Immigration Moot Court Competition which will be held this coming spring. Interested applicants must submit a Statement of Interest, a Writing Sample, and a Resume. Applicants may place their materials in a folder outside the Moot Court Office's door. Applications are due by October 11, 2012. For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Joshua F. Waldrop at joshua.waldrop@louisville.edu.

National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition Tryouts

Any interested 2L or 3L may submit materials for consideration to participate in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, held February 21-23, 2013 at Pace University in White Plains, NY. The team is coached by Professor FitzGerald and Attorney Randy Strobo.

To be considered for this year's team, please send an email to Caitlin Baird at caitlin.baird@louisville.edu containing the following items in pdf format:

1. Writing Sample (brief, memo, etc.)

2. Statement of Interest (1 page maximum)

The deadline for submission is Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm. The coaches will review the sumbissions and notify the students selected on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Only one team of two or three members is allowed in the competition from each school.

Direct any questions to Caitlin Baird at caitlin.baird@louisville.edu.

Trademark Law Moot Court Team Now Accepting Applications

Students interested in the Saul Leftkowitz Memorial Trademark Law Moot Court Competition please provide a typed statement of interest, not to exceed two pages, a writing sample, resume and unofficial transcript. Submit these materials to Ross Thompson (rmthompson13@gmail.com) or Professor Lars Smith (lars.smith@louisville.edu) by Thursday, October 11. The competition takes place in Chicago on February 8, 2013. The team will be lead by Faculty Coach Lars Smith and Attorney Jack Wheat. Please feel free to contact Ross Thompson with any questions.