Moot Court Board News

1L Oral Argument Competition: Quarter Final Round

The Moot Court Board would like to thank all of the students who competed in the Law School's first ever 1L Oral Argument Competition. Every competitor was extremely qualified and the scores reflected the immense preparation by each of you.

With that said, the following competitors have made it to the quarter final round:

  • Courtney Phelps
  • Marilyn Osborn
  • Jared Sawyer
  • Blake Nolan
  • Ben Basil
  • Eric Lowe
  • WhitneyTrue
  • Tommy Sturgeon

The competitors will be arguing on Wednesday as follows:





 3:00 Courtney Phelps  Marilyn Osborn  Allen Courtroom
 4:00 Jared Sawyer  Blake Nolan Allen Courtroom
 5:15 Ben Basil  Eric Lowe Allen Courtroom
 6:00  Whitney True Tommy Sturgeon Allen Courtroom

The Board would also like to thank all of the judges, students, and professors who helped make this competition possible today.

MCB: Mandatory Meeting, 4/1/09 at 12:10pm

The Moot Court Board will have a mandatory meeting at 12:10pm in Room 071 on Wednesday, April 1.  Several issues will be addressed during this meeting:

1) We will finalize/summarize this year
2) We will hold an election for the one contested position: Internal VP (Pirtle Washer)
3) We will let the new board begin outlining its plan for the future.

Wagner Moot Court Competition: Cheer on Your Classmates

The Moot Court Board would like to wish Lucas Vance, Calvin Duncan and Michael Andrew Haile good luck as they compete in the Wagner Moot Court Competition at New York Law School this week.

Good Luck!!

1L Appellate Oral Argument Competition

The Moot Court Board will be hosting its first 1L appellate oral argument competition. There will be four rounds to the competition: a preliminary quarter-final, semi-final, and championship round. There will also be a certificate and monetary award for both the first and second place competitors.

Possible competitors are encouraged to attend an informational meeting that will be held Monday, March 9, at noon (room to be announced).

A sign-up sheet will be on the moot court board door beginning March 11, and the deadline for signing up is Wednesday, March 25.

Contact Barry Dunn or Algeria Ford for more information prior to the meeting.

Environmental Law Moot Court Advances to Quarterfinals

"Do we reward criminals?"  Using this line, Algeria Ford began the series of arguments that would lead the team of Algeria Ford, Leah Campbell and Brian Pollock to beating out 43 other schools to reach the quarterfinals of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC) at Pace Law School over the weekend.  The team displayed excellent oral advocacy skills during the preliminary rounds, including recognition for Brian Pollock as Best Oralist, allowing them to advance. 

Coach Cary Peter, an alumnus, helped guide the team to the school's irst appearance in the quarterfinals at this competition.  The team ould like to thank everyone who provided assistance by acting as judges s we prepared.

TYLA/ACOT Regional Trial Competition

The 2008-2009 TYLA/ACOT  Regional Trial Competition is  this weekend, hosted by Michigan State University.  The  U of L/Brandeis School of Law is sending two teams.The team members are  Erin Blake, Matt Stauble and Chris Hoerter, Sam Lee  The team is coached by  Rob Riley and Kimberly Ballard.

First Year Oral Argument Practice Rounds. Moot Court Membrs--We Need Judges.

Attention Moot Court Members and First Year students:

A sign up sheet has been placed on the door of the moot court board office for practice rounds to the First Year Oral Argument.  All moot court members are asked to sign up as soon as possible to serve as practice round judges.

*First year students are NOT to sign up for practice rounds at this time.  

Animal Law Moot Court Results

The Animal Law Moot Court Competition was held at Harvard University this past weekend. The University of Louisville sent two moot court teams: Lauren Bean/Rexena Napier and Sarah Haegele/Melissa McHendrix. Additionally, Ebert Haegele competed in the closing argument competition. All competitors performed very well and impressed the judges. Final scores are not out yet, but unofficially both moot court teams went 1-1 against top teams such as Duquesne, Berkeley (Winner of Best Brief), and New Mexico.

Out of 16 teams, only four make the semi-finals and unfortunately neither UofL team advanced among such tough competition. The judges were quite impressed with UofL's preparation. Lauren Bean was complimented on her controlled demeanor and steady pace while delivering her argument. The judges were very complimentary of the policy behind Rexena Napier's argument and her quick responses to their questions. Sarah Haegele impressed the judges with her poise and ability to remain relaxed under intense pressure. The judges complimented Melissa McHendrix on her ability to withstand difficult questioning while choosing her battles wisely and refocusing the judges on her core argument.

"Daddy, they shot the dogs," uttered Ebert Haegele dramatically to begin his closing argument about two family pets that were shot. He did this in front of six jury members from the Harvard Law Community. Ebert impressed them with his level of preparation and all thought his argument was very logical. They also loved his visual aids (they looked like a million bucks). In a battle where mere points separated the competitors, Ebert was not able to advance to the finals. Overall, the University of Louisville was very well represented by this group of competitors who garnered the respect of many in the animal law community over the weekend.

Be sure to congratulate these fine competitors for their tremendous effort and preparation. Special thanks to Professors Marcosson, Liebson, and Cross for their help in the team's preparation.


Environmental Moot Court team needs judges!

The National Environmental Moot Court team is asking for any professors or students that might be available to assist in judging their practice this Friday at 4pm.  Please contact Kelly Oates ( or Izzy Moore ( if you are interested. 

Moot Court Meeting Will Cover Plans for 2009 First Year Oral Arguments

The Moot Court Board will meet Monday, January 26, at 12:00 pm in Room 175 to discuss plans for this year's First-Year Oral Arguments.