Moot Court Board News
If you are a 2L, 3L, or 4L and interested in developing your trial skills while simultaneously earning school credit and strengthening your resume, then this competition is for you.
The regional competition is February 20-22, 2009, at Michigan State University. The final competition is March 25-28, 2009, in San Antonio, Texas.
For tryouts, you will need to submit your resume and present a 10-15 minute opening statement or closing argument using a past competition problem - State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb. Students can access all of the materials for the case using the following link: http://www.tyla.org/advocacy_ntc_archive.html.
*In order to give students time to look over the problem before committing to tryout, sign-up sheets will not be posted until Wednesday, October 22, on the Moot Court Board room door.
Please direct any questions to Brian Fayman via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Algeria Ford, winner of the 2008 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition!
Appellant, Jason Schwalm, and Appellee, Algeria Ford, advanced from the first semifinal rounds to compete in the final round. The judges commended them both for an excellent performance.
|Jason Schwalm and Samuel Lee||Jarrad Roby and Algeria Ford|
|Final Round of Arguments|
The semifinal and final rounds will be held on Friday, October 17th in the Allen Courtroom. All are welcome.
Here’s the schedule:
9 AM, Semifinal Round
- Appellant: Jason Schwalm
- Appellee: Samuel Lee
10:30 AM, Semifinal Round
- Appellant: Jarrad Roby
- Appellee: Algeria Ford
Algeria Ford is a second year student who ultimately intends to practice patent law. He studied Biology and Chemistry as an undergraduate and holds a Masters degree in Biotechnology. He serves on the Journal of Law and Education, is a member of BLSA and will be representing the University as a member of the 2009 National Environmental Moot Court team. He credits his accomplishments to his wonderful wife and to his friends.
Samuel B. Lee, a third year law student, was born and raised in Owensboro, KY. He attended the University of Kentucky where he earned a degree in Finance as well as a minor in Economics. After graduation, Mr. Lee plans to practice in Lexington.
Jarrad Roby, a third year student, hails from Bloomfield, KY and attended Bellarmine University where he studied Business Administration and Economics. While at Bellarmine, Jarrad competed on its prestigious Mock Trial team earning All-American Attorney honors. Jarrad also helped to lead the Brandeis School of Law to a championship in last years Intrastate Moot Court competition. He is currently working for General Electric and clerked for the Governor's General Counsel last summer in Frankfort. He will attempt to participate on this year's Trademark Moot Court team as well and is looking forward to competing in the Spring.
Jason Schwalm is a third year student and Louisville native. His undergraduate degree is in literature from the University of Louisville.
Each semifinal round will be judged by the following three judge panel:
- Judge Michael Caperton - Kentucky Court of Appeals
- Judge Denise Clayton - Kentucky Court of Appeals
- Judge Thomas B. Wine - Kentucky Court of Appeals
The winners of each of these rounds will continue to the final round at 1 PM. This round will be judged by the following four judge panel:
The Moot Court Board has tenatively finalized the list of external competitions that the law school will participate in during the 2008-2009 year. The list is provided here to inform all 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students of the remaining opportunities to tryout and compete in a competition. This list does not include any competitions for which the teams have already been selected. If you have interest in a competition that is not included on the list please contact the VP for External Competitions at email@example.com.
Competition Location Comp Dates
Animal Rights Harvard 6-8 Feb 09
ABA Negotiation (regional) Ohio State 8-9 Nov 08
Client Counseling (regional) Toronto 7-8 Feb 09
Entertainment Law Cardozo (NYC) 5-8 Mar 09
Environmental Law Pace Law School 19-21 Feb 09
Immigration NYU 19-22 Feb 09
Labor Law NY Law School 11-15 Mar 09
National Security Law G Washington Univ 21-22 Feb 09
National Trial (regional) Michigan State 20-22 Feb 09
Securities Fordham 3-5 Apr 09
Tax St. Pete Beach 4-8 Feb 09
Trademark (regional) Chicago 7-Feb-09
Please note that in order to participate in this year's Pirtle-Washer competition you must return your Commitment to Compete form by Friday, September 26.
For additional information please contact the MCB or Don Rodgers (firstname.lastname@example.org).