Moot Court Board News

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
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.

National Moot Court Team Tryouts

The National Moot Court team, the Law School's flagship moot court team, will hold try-outs next week.  The regionals for the National Moot Court competition are held each November in Richmond, Virginia, and the finals are held in New York in January or February.

All students, including current 1Ls, are invited to try out.  Students interested in trying out for the team must sign up for a time to present their oral argument on Wednesday, April 8, Thursday, April 9, or Friday, April 10.  The oral argument counts for 50% of your tryout score.  The sign up sheet is located on the Moot Court Board door.  The deadline for signing up is 4:00 on Monday, April 6.

Students must also submit a brief (can be, but does not have to be, your BLS brief) to Professor Marcosson in his office by 4:00 on April 6.  The brief will count for 50% of your tryout score.

Questions may be addressed to Professor Marcosson or Steve Mattingly, Brian Stempien, Duffy Trager, or Barry Dunn, or the members of last year's team.

1L Moot Court Competition Final Four

Congratulations to Courtney Phelps, Blake Nolan, Ben Basil and Whitney True for making it to the Final Four 1L Moot Court Competition.

This is the lineup:

Courtney Phelps  v.  Blake Nolan
Ben Basil  v.  Whitney True 

For details about the final round and the celebration planned following it, please click on this link:

Moot Court Board Information Session for Potential 2009-2010 Members

The Moot Court Board is holding an information session regarding applying for membership for the 2009-2010 school year this Friday, April 3, 2009 directly following the 1L Lawyering Skills Class at 10:30 am in Room 275. Please attend this meeting if you are interested in becoming a Moot Court Board Member because we will be addressing important information.  We look forward to seeing you there.

In addition to the Moot Court Board Informational Meeting at 10:30 am on Friday, April 3 we will also be holding one at 2:20 on Friday, April 3 in Room 075. If you are interested applying to be on the Board for next year please attend one of these meetings. We look forward to seeing you there.  

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.