Moot Court Board News

Compete in the Health Law Moot Court Competition

The team selection process for the Fall 2011 National Health Law Moot Court Competition will begin April 11th.  One team of two or three students will be selected.  Students who apply must be willing to make a substantial time commitment during the Fall of 2011.

Team members can earn up two credit hours for writing the brief and for participating in the Competition, and the experience may be used to fulfill the law school’s skills requirement. 

The Competition emphasizes health law, but the problem often involves constitutional, procedural and/or statutory interpretation issues.  The Competition problem generally is available by mid-August, and the brief is due around the end of September. The Competition generally is scheduled for the first or second weekend in November, and is held at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale Illinois. To apply, please submit an application packet to the Moot Court Board Office by April 15th at 12:00PM.   Your packet must include an application form, a recent resume, a letter explaining why you are interested in being on the team, and a writing sample providing evidence of legal analysis and writing skills. Application forms are available electronically (please email Jennifer Monarch at jennifer.monarch@gmail.com) and in print (see the Moot Court Board Office).  Additionally, Professor Jordan will interview candidates either during or after the exam period.  If you have any other questions, contact Jennifer Monarch at jennifer.monarch@gmail.com

Wechsler Moot Court Team Advances to Semi-Finals

Congratulations to Jared Sawyer (3L) and Jennifer Siewertsen (2L) on advancing to the semi-Finals in the 2011 Herbert Wechsler Criminal Law Competition in Buffalo, NY this past weekend! Jared and Jennifer, coached by local attorneys Dave Harshaw and Ted Shouse, '99, were one of only 8 teams out of the 26 competing to advance to the quarter-finals. The team defeated Valparaiso University School of Law to move onto the Final Four but lost to the eventual Champion. The team was praised for their professionalism, organization and speaking style. Congratulations Jared and Jennifer!

Arbitration Moot Court Competition

Are you interested in participating in an arbitration competition?  The American Bar Association Law Student Division hosts one.  The regionals will be held in November.  The finals will be held January.  More information is available at online.
 
If you are interested in competing on the four member team, please fill out the attached candidacy form, and submit it, a statement of interest, and a copy of your resume to Professor Levinson in room 285. Or you may leave them in the marked folder on the Moot Court Board Office door.  Please also sign up for an interview time on the sign-up sheet on the Moot Court Board Office door. Be sure to submit your materials and sign up for an interview by Friday, April 1. During your interview, you will be asked to give a ten minute summation on behalf of Pearson from the case file of last year’s competition, which is also attached to this announcement.

If you have any questions, please email Elisabeth Fitzpatrick.

 

Trademark Team Takes National Championship!

Marilyn Osborn and Whitney True are the 2011 Lefkowitz Trademark National champions!  They received the award for best overall team out of 78 teams after competing at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on March 26th.  They were commended on their presence, poise, and command of the issues.  The team was coached by Jack Wheat, '79, of Stites and Harbison and will be recognized by the International Trademark Association this spring.   Please join the Moot Court Board in congratulating them!

Ms. Osborn also competed at the Trademark Moot Court Competition at Oxford Univeristy, England March 18-20. She was profiled in a feature at UofL Today, "Law students to compete at Oxford University" (March 29, 2011). 

Related news: "UofL students win national moot court contest" (Courier-journal.com, March 30, 2011)

2011 -2012 Moot Court Board Selected

Congratulations to the 2011 - 2012 Moot Court Board:

President                                Sarah Potter

VP Administration                 Jenn Siewertsen

VP External Competitions    Thomas Stevens

VP Internal Competitions      Eric Johnson 

VP Public Relations               Stephanie Loper

 Please join the MCB in congratulating them as they transition into their new roles.

Compete in the Health Law Moot Court Competition

The team selection process for the Fall 2011 National Health Law Moot Court Competition will begin April 11th.  

One team of two or three students will be selected.  Students who apply must be willing to make a substantial time commitment during the Fall of 2011.

Team members can earn up two credit hours for writing the brief and participating in the Competition, and the experience may be used to fulfill the law school’s skills requirement. 

The Competition emphasizes health law, but the problem often involves constitutional, procedural and/or statutory interpretation issues.  

Application information will be available April 4th.  

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Monarch at jennifer.monarch@gmail.com.

Congratulations to the Securities Moot Team

Professor Warren would like to extend his congratulations to the Securities Moot Court Team, Jennifer Monarch and Marlow Riedling, for their hard work and strong performance at this weekend's Securities Moot Court Competition.

Although the team did not advance to the final rounds, they competed very hard and impressed the judges in the preliminary rounds with their poise, strong oratory ability, and broad knowledge of the competition's complicated subject matter.  

The Brandeis School of Law is proud of Marlow and Jennifer!

 

1st Year Oral Advocacy Competition Sign Ups

Any interested 1L may sign up now for the 1st Year Oral Advocacy Competition, held April 4-8th in the Law School.  This is a great opportunity to practice your advocacy skills, argue in front of practicing attorneys and judges, and win cash prizes!!

A sign-up sheet will be posted on the Moot Court Board Room door.  The deadline for signing up is Thursday March 31st at 5:00 pm.

Direct any questions to Brian Bennett, Andrew Swafford, Elisabeth Fitzpatrick, or Josh Porter.

Kudos for the Wagner Moot Court Team

Congratulations to the Wagner Moot Court Team on an excellent performance.  In all three preliminary rounds, they received glowing feedback, although we did not advance to the next round.  In the first round, the judges stated of Kristen Staley and Ben Basil that they did a “really good job fielding questions, knowing the cases, and knowing the facts.”  The judges concluded: “It was nice to see they had put in the necessary work.”  In the second round, Heather Sidwell and Ben Basil argued on behalf of the employer.  The judges stated that Heather’s presentation was “very good.”  She “was poised and responsive and kept the judges boxed in” on her points.  The judges (ironically) stated that Ben “was very convincing and clearly believed in his argument.”  In the third round, the judges noted that they were “throwing tough questions,” and that Ben and Kristen handled them well and had good mastery of the law.

Good Luck Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Team!

Professor Warren is proud to announce that Jennifer Monarch and Marlow Riedling will be leaving this Thursday, March 24, 2011, to compete in the Thirty-Sixth Annual Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition at the Fordham University School of Law in New York City.

The Kaufman Competition is the national contest for securities law moot court teams from around the country. The Competition offers teams the opportunity to test appellate advocacy skills before leading jurists, securities regulators, academics, and practitioners.

The preliminary and quarterfinal rounds will be held on March 25-26, with the semifinal and final rounds held on March 27. The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law wishes Jennifer and Marlow luck as they proudly represent our school and legal community.