Moot Court Board News

POSTPONED--Federal Court Program for Law Students

Due to lack of participation, the following program is postponed.  We will try to reschedule for February. 

Clerk Jeffrey Apperson of the Western District of Kentucky will conduct a program for law students this Saturday, October 17 at 9 a.m. at the federal courthouse downtown.  Mr. Apperson will conduct a courthouse tour and an electronic filing demonstration.  Electronic filing of court documents is now required in most federal courts, including Kentucky's, and attorneys must have the training before practicing before the courts.  The program will last approximately two hours.

Any interested student should e-mail Barry Dunn by 9 a.m. Friday.

Thanks to Professor Laura Rothstein, the Moot Court Board, and the University of Louisville Law Review for arranging the event.

Congratulations to Students Selected to Compete in the Saul Lefkotwitz Trademark Moot Court Competition

The Moot Court Board congratulates the following six students who have been chosen to represent the law school at the Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition:

Jessica Richards
Justin Capps
Leah Campbell
Mari-Elise Gates
Marty Pohl
Marilyn Osborn

Congratulations to the 2009-2010 Patent Law Moot Court Competition Team

Please congratulate Mary Elise Gates and Dave Kincaid as the members of the 2009-2010 Patent Law Moot Court Competition team. Wish them luck as they compete and represent the University of Louisville.

Trager Wins Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

Congratulations to Duffy Trager, winner of the 2009 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition!

2009 Pirtle-Washer Participants

The semifinal and final rounds were held on Friday, October 9th in the Allen Courtroom.

Here’s the schedule:

9 AM, Semifinal Round

  • Appellant: Duffy Trager
  • Appellee: Algeria Ford

10:30 AM, Semifinal Round
  • Appellant: Eric Lowe
  • Appellee: Barry Dunn

Duffy B. Trager is a native of Louisville.  He earned his B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies from Western Kentucky University in 2006.  In law school, he competed on the 2008 National Moot Court Team.  He is currently Constitutional Law Editor of the Journal of Law and Education, founder and Vice President of the International Law Society and a Marshall - Brennan Fellow.  In the summer of 2009, he was awarded an IOLTA Fellowship with Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services.  Duffy has recently become an avid runner.

Algeria Ford
is a third year law student and the winner of last year’s Pirtle-Washer competition.  He has a range of interests including criminal and civil litigation, intellectual property law, and environmental law.  He would like to thank his wife for her continued support.

Eric Lowe
is from Mt. Washington, Kentucky, but currently lives in the Louisville area.  He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of the Cumberlands, in Williamsburg, Kentucky, where he played varsity football and competed in Parliamentary Debate.  Throughout his career at the Cumberlands, he studied in the areas of Communication and Political Science.  Currently, he is a second year evening student and has been employed full time throughout his law school career at Bullitt Central High School.  At the law school he participates in various programs and activities such as: University of Louisville Law Review, Moot Court Board, Student Bar Association, and as a member of the Health Law Moot Court Team.  He is honored to have been selected to compete in the Pirtle Washer finals and would like to wish all if his fellow competitors congratulations and best wishes.

Barry Dunn
is a Columbia, Kentucky, native who received his undergraduate education at Lindsey Wilson College before obtaining an M.A. in political science from the University of Cincinnati.  Mr. Dunn came to law school after teaching eighth grade social studies.  He currently serves as President of the Moot Court Board and Notes Editor for the University of Louisville Law Review.  Mr. Dunn is also a member of the school's National Moot Court Competition team.  Mr. Dunn has worked for the law firms Stoll Keenon Ogden and Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs.  After law school, he hopes to clerk for a federal judge for one year before practicing litigation.

Presiding Judges

Each semifinal round was judged by the following three judge panel:

Appellant, Duffy Trager, and Appellee, Barry Dunn, advanced to the final round at 1 PM, which was judged by the following:

Pirtle Washer Semi-Final and Final Rounds

On Friday October 9, 2009 the finals rounds of Pirtle-Washer will be held in the Allen Courtroom.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  The schedule of arguments is as follows:

9:00 a.m. Duffy Trager v. Algeria Ford

10:30 a.m. Eric Lowe v. Barry Dunn

1:00 p.m. The winners of each semi-final round will compete in the finals.

The semi-final rounds arguments will be heard by Judge John Heyburn of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Chief Circuit Judge Charles Hickman of Kentucky's Fifty-Third Judicial Circuit, and Judge Glenn Acree of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.  

The final round arguments will be heard by Judge Heyburn, Chief Judge Hickman, Judge Denise Clayton of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Ann Bailey Smith of the Jefferson District Court.  Good luck to the competitors!

For the first time ever, the semi-final and final rounds will be streamed live on the World Wide Web.  Watch it here!

Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists for Pirtle Washer

The Moot Court Board sponsored the preliminary and quarterfinal rounds of the annual Pirtle-Washer Competition last weekend at the Hall of Justice.  Sixteen upper-level students participated in the competition, the law school's most prestigious in-house competition.
Algeria Ford, Barry Dunn, Duffy Trager, and Eric Lowe advanced to this Friday's semi-final rounds.  Additionally, Brian Pollock, Courtney Phelps, Doug Dawson, and Marilyn Osborn advanced to the quarterfinals.
The semi-finals will be held in the Allen Courtroom, with the first argument scheduled for 9 a.m. and the second argument for 10 a.m.  The finals will be held at 1:00.  Everyone is invited to attend the arguments and a short reception honoring the contestants after the final round.  Pairings and judges will be announced later this week.

Congratulations to the Members of the 2009-2010 Negotiation Team

Congratulations to Andrew Henson, Doug Dawson, Heather Sidwell, and Meg Stewert for being named to the 2009-2010 ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition.  They will be competing in the Regional Tournament November 7-8.  Thanks to all who expressed interest in the Competition.

Client Counseling Competition Signups

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Client Counseling Competition.  The Regional Competition will be held on February 19-20 in Lansing, MI and the National Competition will be held on March 19-20 in Waco, TX.  The team’s coaches are Professor Leslie Abramson and Attorney Paul Schurman. 


There is a signup sheet available outside the Moot Court Board door.  The deadline for signups is October 13th.  Tryouts will be limited to the first 12 teams that sign up.  Tryouts will take place on Friday October 16th in room 270 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  Professor Abramson will be showing a video of a past competition on Tuesday October 13th from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm in room 270.


Once you have signed up please email Aaron Dyke and he will email you a client scenario that you will be expected to act out during your tryouts.


You must sign up in teams and will be judged as a team.  The person who you sign up with will be the person you compete with if you are selected.


Practices will take place on Saturdays at Paul Schurman’s office, which is located in Middletown.  You must be able to practice on Saturday mornings in January and February as well as once during the week.  This event is an American Bar Association event and team members must be a student member of the ABA (student membership is $25). 


Only one team of two members is allowed in the competition.


Direct any questions to Aaron Dyke (

Trademark Moot Court Competition Deadline for Sign Ups

Interested in Trademark Law? The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is the only competition in the United States with a focus on trademark and unfair competition law. Two teams will be selected to represent our law school in this competition. The regional tournament will be held in Chicago on Saturday, February 6, 2010. The National Finals will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C. During National Finals, cash prizes totaling up to $8,500 are awarded.


The deadline to sign up for the team is Wednesday, September 30 at 4:00.  The sign up sheet is on the Moot Court Board door.

For additional information, you are encouraged to visit Please contact Jennifer Monarch with any questions at

Animal Law Moot Court Tryouts

The Animal Law Moot Court Team will be holding tryouts toward the end of October. Anyone who is interested should sign up by Friday, October 2. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the door of the Moot Court Board room (across from the Washer lounge on the ground floor). The competition takes place at Harvard University, typically in February. The Animal Law moot court competition has both a brief-based oral argument competition and a closing argument competition (in which you prepare only a closing argument for a set of facts). You may sign up for either. We will contact you with further details once we see how many are interested in trying out. Contact Josh Speirs ( with any further questions.