Moot Court Board News
The Brandeis School of Law Moot Court Board is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 academic year.
MCB plans and manages external and internal moot court, mock trial, and professional skills competitions at the Brandeis School of Law. MCB members organize and administer the Pirtle-Washer Competition, First-Year BLS Oral Arguments, First-Year Oral Advocacy Competition, and any moot court competitions the Brandeis School of Law hosts during the year. In addition, each MCB member acts as a facilitator for a moot court team or competition. Each member is expected to fully participate in planning and carrying out all MCB events.
Any interested persons should submit their completed application, resume, and Waiver and Release form by May 9th at 9:00 p.m. Please see the attached application for more information. Note that the completed Waiver and Release should be submitted to the folder on the MCB door, or electronically.
For any further questions or information, please contact any of the Executive Board members: Paige Hamby, Courtney Pawley, Ashley Haile, Pete Lay, or Luke Markushewski.
The Quarter-Final round of the First Year Oral Advocacy Competition was a close contest, with four competitors advancing to Thursday evening's Semi-Final round. All eight competitors were praised for their poise and preparation by the judging panel, made up of UofL alumni Marilyn Osborn Patterson, Barry Dunn, Andrew Palmer, and Jason Nemes. In Thursday's Semi-Final Rounds, Mia Walters and Sean Dennis argued at 5:30 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom, followed by Lacey Gullett and Jon Hollan at 6:15 p.m. One competitor from each round advanced to Friday's Final at 2:00 p.m.
Do you like money? Do you want a chance to practice your oral advocacy skills? If you answered yes to both, then the First Year Oral Advocacy competition is for you! The competition will run from April 9th through April 13th, and you'll get the opportunity to argue in front of practicing attorneys and judges. Plus you can win CASH PRIZES! Preliminary rounds will be on brief, so no additional preparation is necessary.
The sign up sheet is posted on the Moot Court Board room door. Please sign up by Thursday, April 5th at 8:00 PM. Be sure to sign up!
Please join the MCB in congratulating Samantha Constantine and Thomas Stevens on their performance at the 37th Annual National Trial Competition in Austin, Texas, one of the most prestigious and competitive mock trial competitions in the nation. Samantha and Thomas advanced to the National Competition after winning the regional competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
During Round 1 of the National Trial Competition, Samantha and Thomas defeated Washington University School of Law. During Round 2, the team faced Hofstra University School of Law, and lost the round by one point. During the third round of the competition, Samantha and Thomas were power-matched against Loyola University School of Law, the 2010 champion. The winner of Round 3 would advance to the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, the round was close and Loyola advanced.
Although they did not win the national competition, Samantha and Thomas finished in the top 20 of more than 300 teams that competed. We are so proud of their representation of the Law School at the competition. Samantha and Thomas each devoted more than 150 hours inside and out the courtroom preparing for the regional and national competitions. The team and coaches would also like to thank all the law students who volunteered to serve as witnesses during practices, sometimes staying until midnight. We appreciate your support!
Amber Gratz, Denise Hall, and Leah Smith came in 5th of 46 teams after three preliminary rounds at the 36th Annual Robert F. Wagner Labor and Employment Law Competition. They advanced to the Octo-final rounds, and law school folklore is that we have been attending this competition for 36 years and only once before advanced.