Moot Court Board News

Seeking Applicants for Intrastate Mock Trial

All interested 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls are encouraged to apply to participate in this year’s Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition, an annual trial advocacy competition among Kentucky’s three law schools: U of L, UK and Northern Kentucky University. Brandeis will send two teams, each comprised of four law students, to compete at this year’s competition, hosted by the University of Kentucky in Lexington on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2011.

 

This year’s team will be coached by Sandra Moon, a 2011 Brandeis graduate, and Heend Sheth, Assistant Jefferson County Attorney at Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. Professor JoAnn Sweeny will serve as the team’s faculty advisor.

 

All students interested in applying should contact Eddie O’Brien, the competition’s Moot Court Board facilitator, at emobri01@louisville.edu and provide a copy of your resume and a writing sample (preferably your first-year appellate brief or a substantial equivalent).

 

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

 

The materials for this year’s problem can be found here: http://www.abacrimtrial.com/competitions/20_files.shtml  (ignore the introductory material). For tryouts, applicants will prepare a brief 2-3 minute opening statement. Tryouts are scheduled for the week of October 3. An exact date and time will be forthcoming.

Sign-Ups for Animal Law Moot Court

Any interest 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign-up now for the National Animal Law Moot Court Competition, held  February 24-26, 2012, in Los Angeles. The team is sponsored by Dean Cross and coached by Rexena Napier, a recent graduate of the Brandeis School of Law.

 

To sign-up, please email Paige Hamby, the team facilitator, at paigemhamby@gmail.com. Include a resume, writing sample, and a statement of interest in the email (maximum 1 page).  The team will be chosen based on these items.

 

The deadline for expressing your interest is Wednesday, September 28, 2011.  If you have any questions, please contact Paige Hamby  

ABA Client Counseling Competition

Tryouts for the 2012 ABA Client Counseling Competition will be held Friday, October 7th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  A sign-up sheet has been posted on the front door of the Moot Court Board room.  The deadline for signing up is Monday, September 26th at 5:00 p.m.  

There is no written requirement, as this is not a “briefed” competition.  Instead, students compete in pairs of two in a simulated law office consultation in which the students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client matter.  They conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client, and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation.  The judges evaluate how the team elicited facts, advised about the relevant law, provided options for proceeding, and assisted the client to make an informed choice. For the tryout, each interview will last approximately 15 minutes; the actual competition will be a 30-minute interview. 

The regional competition will take place February 11, 2012, at Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law in Highland Heights, Kentucky.  The regional competition consists of three qualifying rounds with each team competing indirectly against two other teams in each round.  After the qualifying rounds, the top six teams advance to the semifinal round, culminating with the three winning teams in the final round.  The first place team from each regional competition will advance to the National Finals on March 16-17, 2012, in Durham, North Carolina.

All 2L, 3L, & 4L students are encouraged to sign-up.  The team is coached by Professor Leslie Abramson and Louisville attorney Paul Schurman.   If you have any questions about the competition or tryouts, email Jacob Ford at jpford03@louisville.edu.  

Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Trademark Law Moot Court Competition. The Regional Competition will be held February 11, 2012 in Chicago or Atlanta, depending on the team’s regional placement. The top two teams in each region will advance to the National Final on March 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. UofL Law won the Southern Regional and National Final last year.  The coaches are Professor Lars Smith and Jack Wheat of Stites & Harbison. Currently, the law school plans on sending two teams to the competition. 

Professor Smith will review the submissions and send interested competitors a problem by Monday, September 26. The brief will be due on Monday, October 3 at 9 AM, and oral arguments will be held that week to select team members. To sign up, send an e-mail with a short statement of interest (1 page maximum) to Luke Markushewski at ljmark01@louisville.edu.  The deadline for submitting a statement of interest is Friday, September 23 at 9 AM

More information can be found athttp://www.inta.org/Academics/Pages/SaulLefkowitzCompetition.aspx. Direct any questions to Luke Markushewski.

 

Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition


Students, are you interested in financial rewards, oral advocacy, or the desire to represent the law school in national moot court competitions? If you answered yes to any of these, then read carefully!

The annual Pirtle-Washer Competition is an opportunity for law students to compete against one another and showcase their oral argument skills. The competition will be judged by local attorneys and judges. Briefs need not be submitted. 

Aside from the great networking and learning opportunity financial rewards are given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners. The 1st place winner will receive $1000, the 2nd place winner will receive $750, and the 3rd and 4th place winners will each receive $500. 

The first round of the competition will take place on October 22, 2011 at the Jefferson County Hall of Justice. The final round is scheduled for October 28, 2011 in the Allen Court Room at the Law School. 

If you are interested in competing in the Pirtle-Washer Competition please sign up outside the Moot Court Board room or contact Eric Johnson at eljohn10@louisville.edu

There will be an informational meeting in room 175 on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at noon

Student Competitors for ABA Negotiation Competition

If you are interested in representing the Law School on a team in the ABA Negotiation Competition, please send an email to Professor Tony Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu, with the following information, no later than noon on Monday, September 12 (TODAY):

1) Your name and year in school (e.g., 2L, 3L) [Note: 1Ls cannot compete];

2) Why you are interested;

3) Any background you have in negotiation (including whether you have taken or are taking the Negotiation class);

4) Your general schedule availability for practices in the evenings and on weekends; and

5) Your contact information (i.e., email address, cell phone, etc.) so that we can get ahold of you easily and quickly.

The regional competition will be held November 12-13 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Participants will need to be current members in good standing of the American Bar Association and its Law Student Division (as a competitor in this competition, the school will pay for this for you, if you are not already a member), and have a valid passport, as this will involve international travel. This year’s competition will involve negotiating on issues related to real property.

The co-coaches are Professor Mary Jo Gleason and Professor Tony Arnold. Depending on the number of students expressing interest, there may or may not be a tryout. Practices will occur in evenings and on weekends, usually at least twice per week. Last year, we had a team advance to the national competition, and a few years ago, we had a team that won the national competition. Let’s continue our record of success in this competition! If you have any questions, please contact Professor Arnold.

Student Competitors for ABA Negotiation Competition

If you are interested in representing the Law School on a team in the ABA Negotiation Competition, please send an email to Professor Tony Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu, with the following information, no later than noon on Monday, September 12:

1) Your name and year in school (e.g., 2L, 3L) [Note: 1Ls cannot compete];

2) Why you are interested;

3) Any background you have in negotiation (including whether you have taken or are taking the Negotiation class);

4) Your general schedule availability for practices in the evenings and on weekends; and

5) Your contact information (i.e., email address, cell phone, etc.) so that we can get ahold of you easily and quickly.

The regional competition will be held November 12-13 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Participants will need to be current members in good standing of the American Bar Association and its Law Student Division (as a competitor in this competition, the school will pay for this for you, if you are not already a member), and have a valid passport, as this will involve international travel. This year’s competition will involve negotiating on issues related to real property.

The co-coaches are Professor Mary Jo Gleason and Professor Tony Arnold. Depending on the number of students expressing interest, there may or may not be a tryout. Practices will occur in evenings and on weekends, usually at least twice per week. Last year, we had a team advance to the national competition, and a few years ago, we had a team that won the national competition. Let’s continue our record of success in this competition! If you have any questions, please contact Professor Arnold.

Student Competitors for ABA Negotiation Competition

If you are interested in representing the Law School on a team in the ABA Negotiation Competition, please send an email to Professor Tony Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu, with the following information, no later than noon on Monday, September 12:

 

1)      Your name and year in school (e.g., 2L, 3L)  [Note: 1Ls cannot compete];

2)      Why you are interested;

3)      Any background you have in negotiation (including whether you have taken or are taking the Negotiation class);

4)      Your general schedule availability for practices in the evenings and on weekends; and

5)      Your contact information (i.e., email address, cell phone, etc.) so that we can get ahold of you easily and quickly.

 

The regional competition will be held November 12-13 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Participants will need to be current members in good standing of the American Bar Association and its Law Student Division (as a competitor in this competition, the school will pay for this for you, if you are not already a member), and have a valid passport, as this will involve international travel.  This year’s competition will involve negotiating on issues related to real property. 

 

The co-coaches are Professor Mary Jo Gleason and Professor Tony Arnold.  Depending on the number of students expressing interest, there may or may not be a tryout.  Practices will occur in evenings and on weekends, usually at least twice per week.  Last year, we had a team advance to the national competition, and a few years ago, we had a team that won the national competition.  Let’s continue our record of success in this competition!  If you have any questions, please contact Professor Arnold.

MCB Mandatory Meeting - TODAY

MCB's first meeting is TODAY, Wednesday, August 31 in room 175 from 12:10-1:00 pm. Attendance is mandatory.

Sign Ups - National Health Law Moot Court Competition

The Moot Court Board is still seeking students who are interested in competing in the Twentieth Annual National Health Law Moot Court Competition. The competition is being held on November 4-5, 2011 at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

Anyone interested in participating should email Whitney Englert at waengl01@louisville.edu by June 28, 2011.