Moot Court Board News
Join the Moot Court Board in congratulating its newest Executive Board members!
President - Christine Shannon
Vice President of External Affairs - Laura Edelen
Vice President of Administration - Kevin Boswell
Vice President of Internal Affairs - Sana Abhari
Vice President of Public Relations - Jennifer Weihmuller
Thank you to all who interviewed for the positions. The current MCB Executive Board was incredibly impressed by the caliber of the candidates and the enthusiasm each of them expressed. The Moot Court Board should be proud of the quality of its members.
Congratulations to the members of the 2014 National Moot Court Team:
Thank you to all of the qualified and talented students who tried out last week. It was a very tough decision, as all the applicants were outstanding!
This weekend, the Criminal Law Moot Court team traveled to Buffalo, New York to represent the law school at the Herbert Wechsler National Moot Court Competition. Due to an unfortunate last minute illness, competitor Steven Thompson was unable to compete. Remaining competitor Taylor Eigelbach elected to argue both issues solo. The team was eliminated after arguing two rounds. Despite not making the Elite 8, the preliminary round judges nominated Taylor for the annual Ryan J. Mullins Award for best sportsmanship for handling her partner's argument as well as her own. Congratulations to Steve and Taylor for their hard work on the brief and the competition! Also, huge thank you to the coaches, Annie O'Connell and Ted Shouse, for volunteering their time and helping polish the competitor's arguments!
Just a reminder that all try-out materials are due Thursday, April 3rd to Professor Marcosson for all students trying out for the National Moot Court team. The list of try-out materials is posted on the information sheet located on the Moot Court Board office door.
Also, if you are interested in trying out but have not signed up for a time, please contact Professor Marcosson directly (firstname.lastname@example.org), as the time sheet is full on the Moot Court Board Office door.
Breaking new ground, students Jamie Hafley (3L), Kaitlyn Jones (3L), and Cindy Federico (3L) advanced to the coveted Quarter-Finals last weekend in the Robert F. Wagner Labor & Employment Moot Court Competition at New York Law School in New York, NY. The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law has participated in the competition for thirty years, but no team had ever reached the Elite 8. After three preliminary rounds, the team advanced to the Sweet 16 as a 10 seed. They then knocked the 7 seed out of the competition, and were re-seeded as the 4 seed before falling in the Elite 8.
This year's fact pattern involved collective action and class action claims brought by a group of unpaid summer interns for back pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The judge commended Jamie Hafley for his presence, conversational tone, skillful rebuttals, and an ability to explain complicated procedural issues with ease. They repeatedly praised Kaitlyn Jones for her impressive knowledge and argumentative use of all the relevant facts, citations to controlling authority, relaxed demeanor, and persuasive argumentation. They complimented Cindy Federico for her poise under pressure, conversational style, and knowledge of procedural rules essential to her argument.
The team worked incredibly hard in preparation for and during the competition. Their impressive performance is a testament to their superior written and oral advocacy skills, and to UofL's law school.
Are you interested in getting great experience with a moot court team? What about the arbitration competition? The arbitration team competes in the regional competition in November and possibly national finals in January. See more:http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_students/events_competitions/practical_skills_competitions/ac.html
If you are interested in competing on the four member team, please fill out the attached form and submit it and a copy of your resume to Lily Chan (email@example.com) and Greg Mayes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 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 door. Be sure to submit your materials and sign up for an interview by Friday, March 28th.
During your interview, you will be asked to give a ten minute closing argument on behalf of Silver Farms from the case of last year's competition, which is also attached to this announcement.
If you have any questions, please contact Dale Hardy (email@example.com).
Are you ready to represent the law school in the National Moot Court Competition? Last semester, Professor Marcosson took 2 teams, a total of 4 competitors, to Richmond, Virginia to compete against top law schools across the nation. One of our teams had the second-place brief and proceeded to the semi-final round!
Try outs will take place Thursday, April 10th, and Friday, April 11th. To have a chance to represent the school in the fall, please sign up on the sheet posted on the Moot Court Board Office door.
Submit a brief as your writing sample (it can be your BLS brief or a previous competition's brief). You must submit these materials to Professor Marcosson by Thursday, April 3rd. For the actual try-out, be prepared to perform a 15 minute oral argument based on your brief.
Please direct any questions related to the competition or the try outs to Professor Marcosson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Join Moot Court Board in congratulating the 2014 First Year Oral Advocacy Competition Finalists!
The competition continues today, Friday, March 28th, in the Allen Courtroom at 4:00 p.m. Judges for today's final round include:
Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Irv Maze
Jefferson Circuit Court Judge A.C. McKay Chauvin
Brandeis School of Law Professor Samuel A. Marcosson
This round is open to the public and the entire law school community is encouraged to attend!