Moot Court Board News

Law Student Negotiation Competition Tryouts

The Moot Court Board will sponsor two teams to participate in the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition.  The Regional Competition will take place November 7-8 at Thomas Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, MI.  The National Finals will be held February 5-6 in Orlando, FL.  This is a competition that we won in 2007-2008.  This competition does not involve writing a brief.  Interested 2L, 3L, and 4L students should sign up on the Moot Court Board door by September 18, 2008.  Participants must join the ABA Law Student Division and pay a $25 membership fee.  Note that the Regional date conflicts with the November MPRE.  You may take the MPRE in the spring to avoid this conflict.  See flyers around the law school for more information, or visit the competition's website at:

http://www.abanet.org/lsd/competitions/negotiation/

Depending on the level of interest, there may be tryouts and we may request additional information from you.

 

Please contact Mark Fendley at mafend01@louisville.edu with any questions.

ATTENTION 1L’S – BAILIFF’S NEEDED FOR PIRTLE WASHER COMPETITION

ATTENTION 1L’S – BAILIFF’S NEEDED

Your assistance is requested for the University of Louisville Law School’s annual Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition. The first rounds of the competition will be held Saturday, October 3, 2009. This is a great opportunity for first-year law students to get involved and learn what to expect in first-year oral arguments. If you are interested in working as a bailiff, please attend the informational meeting on Monday September 14, 2009 at 3:45 in the Moot Court Board Office. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Johnna Spicer (jaspic03@louisville.edu) or James Fisher (mrjsfisher@gmail.com) for more information or to sign up.

Pirtle-Washer 2009 Signups

It is now time for the annual Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition signups. The competition is open to all 2L's, 3L's, and 4L's. A signup sheet is located on the Moot Court Board office door. The deadline for signups is this Friday, September 11 at 1:30 pm. Information packets, including the problem and all related materials, will be put in your mailbox on Monday, September 13. Signing up on the door of the Moot Court Board office is not a final commitment to participate. After reviewing the packet and problem, you will need to sign the contract included in the packet and return it to Johnna Spicer's mailbox no later than 5:30 pm on Monday, September 21, 2009. Please contact Johnna Spicer with any additional questions.

International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition March 26, 2010 – April 1, 2010Vienna, Austria.

The Moot Court Board is currently accepting interest sheets for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition.Interested applicants must submit the interest sheet and a writing sample no later than Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3pm.  Both documents should be submitted to the Moot Court Board office (under the door).  Please contact Roz Cordini with any questions (roz.cordini@louisville.edu) Two team members will be selected to participate in oral arguments, although others may participate in different aspects of the team.  Any member selected for the oral argument team must have a valid passport in hand by 12/1/09.   Team members are also encouraged to participate in pre-Moot competitions.  This competition is brief based and requires both a claimant and respondent brief.   The problem for the brief will be available 10/2/09.  The claimant brief is due 12/3/09 and the respondent brief is due 1/21/10.  For more information on this exciting competition go to http://www.cisg.law.pace.edu/vis.html. 

Congratulations to the New Members of the KY Intrastate Mock Trial Team

Congratulations to Heend Sheth, Cameron Griffith, Sandra Moon, Matt Russell, Brant Sloan, Phil Lawson, Marlow Riedling, and Ashley Wiggins for making the KY Intrastate Mock Trial Team.  The team is coached by Laura Rice, Colleen Clemons, and Chris Coffman.  The competition will be held in Kenton County, Kentucky on November 13-14, 2009.

Congratulations to Health Law Moot Court Team Members

Congratulations to Noelle Rao, Eric Lowe, and Mark Fendley for making the National Health Law Moot Court Team. The team is coached by Professor Jordan and will participate in the competition held at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois on November 6-7th. Good luck to all the participants!

National Health Law Moot Court Competition Sign Ups

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the National Health Law Moot Court Competition, held at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois November 6-7.  The team’s coach is Professor Jordan.  At least one team of two students will be selected for the competition.  Additional students may be selected based on competition interest.   

Interested students must submit the following to the Moot Court Board Office in a sealed envelope (place under the door if no one is there):

  1. Resume
  2. Letter of interest (1 page maximum)
  3. Writing sample (brief, memo, etc.)

The deadline for submission of these items is Thursday, Aug. 20th at 4:00. 

Professor Jordan will review the submissions and will conduct interviews on Friday, Aug 21st beginning at 3pm.  Students will explain the substance of their legal argument or analysis from their writing sample in the interviews.

Students who satisfactorily participate in the competition will receive two hours of academic credit.  Additionally, students will enhance their writing skills by completing a written brief.  The brief is due on October 2.

Finally, the MPRE is also given on November 7.  Students taking Professional Responsibility may still participate in the competition and take the MPRE in the spring.

The competition's website is http://www.law.siu.edu/healthlawmootcourt/.

 

Direct any questions to Andrew Swafford.

2009-2010 National Moot Court Team

The Moot Court Board would like to congratulate the members of the 2009 National Moot Court team on their recent selection.  Team members include Ben Basil, Barry Dunn, Michael Gray, and Marty Pohl.  The team is coached by Professor Sam Marcosson.

The National Moot Court Competition is the school's flagship moot court team.  The problem can be on any subject and is released in September of each year.  The regionals for the National Moot Court Competition are held each November at locations around the country.  Louisville Law competes in the Richmond, Virginia, Regional.  Louisville's recent success in the competition includes winning Regional Best Brief two of the last three years and advancing to the semi-finals of last year's Regional.

 

The Moot Court Board is responsible for organizing and administering all of the Moot Court activities of the Law School. The Board facilitates all Moot Court competitions, whether they are in-house competitions or external competitions to which our teams are lucky enough to travel. The three main internal competitions the Moot Court Board organizes each year are: Pirtle-Washer Oral Arguments, First Year Oral Arguments, and the First Year Oral Argument Competition.

 

Please keep an eye out at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year for opportunities to participate in other Moot Court competitions.  The competitions are a great way to gain experience and knowledge about specific areas of law which fascinate you or which you might be interested in practicing in one day.

 

2009 - 2010 Moot Court Board - New Members

 

2009-2010 MOOT COURT BOARD - NEW MEMBERS

 

The Moot Court Board is responsible for organizing and administering all of the Moot Court activities of the Law School. The Board facilitates all Moot Court competitions, whether they are in-house competitions or external competitions to which our teams are lucky enough to travel. The three main internal competitions the Moot Court Board organizes each year are: Pirtle-Washer Oral Arguments, First Year Oral Arguments, and the First Year Oral Argument Competition.

 

Aaron Dyke

Aaron Price

Andrew Swafford

Ben Basil

Blake Nolan

Brian Bennett

Cameron Griffith

Connie Barr

Daniel Cameron

Eric Lowe

Heend Sheth

James Fischer

Jamie Izlar

Jared Sawyer

Jennifer Leong

Maddie Schueler

Marilyn Osborn

Mark Fendley

Nathan Chittick

Phil Lawson

Roz Cardini

Samantha Zeghers

Whitney True

 

 

Congratulations to all of our new members!!

Basil Wins Oral Advocacy Competition

Courtney Phelps and Ben Basil
Congratulations to Ben Basil, winner of the 2009 First-Year Oral Advocacy Competition!

Appellant, Ben Basil, and Appellee, Courtney Phelps, advanced from the semi-final rounds to compete in the final round. They were both commended by the judges for an exceptional performance.

Ben Basil
Courtney Phelps
Ben Basil Courtney Phelps
Finalists
Audience
Ben Basil and Courtney Phelps (seated) Members of the audience
Final Round of Arguments
The Honorable Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs, Judge Ann O'Malley Shake, and Judge McKay Chauvin presided over the final round of arguments.