Suffolk Law is nationally recognized for its moot court and mock trial teams. And it’s not just US News and World Report editors who said so (although they have).
The National Trial Team has won 26 New England regional championships since 1985 (that’s 26 out of 28), including four years when Suffolk Law teams also claimed second-place honors. The team practices intensely and routinely goes to national competitions, often making it to semi-final or final rounds.
The Moot Court Program offers scores of students the chance to prepare and present appellate arguments before judges and judicial panels – both within the school and in competition with other schools.
Moot Court Travel Teams Competition Descriptions
Burton Wechsler Competition (Constitutional Law Team) Prof. Pizzano
This national competition is held annually at the Washington College of Law of American University in Washington D.C. The competition is based on current First Amendment law issues. Participants are required to write and submit a brief as well as present oral arguments before panels of judges. The competition is designed to develop research and writing as well as oral advocacy skills.
IP LawMeet Competition Jessica Silbey
The National IP LawMeet is the premier lawyering competition for students contemplating a transactional practice focused on Intellectual Property (IP). The National IP LawMeet is a part of the LawMeet family of live, interactive, educational competitions designed to give law students a hands-on experience to develop and hone their transactional lawyering skills.
FDI Moot Competition Prof. Chris Gibson
Increasing international investment, the proliferation of Bi- and Multilateral Investment Treaties, national investment promotion legislation, and "internationalized" investment contracts have contributed to the rapid development of a new field of international law that defines obligations between "host States" and foreign investors and creates procedures for resolving related disputes, e.g. through the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
These investment disputes involve not only vast sums, but also probe the panoply of rights, duties, and shifting objectives at the juncture of national and international law and policy. Through the FDI Moot law students -- future practitioners, academics and policy makers -- may attain a practical understanding of these issues. At the same time, the case and the hearings offer a forum of different dynamics for current academics and practitioners from the around the world to discuss the latest developments - and assess emerging talents - in these fields.
National Health Law
Moot Court Competition Prof. Renee Landers
The National Health Law Moot Court Competition is an inter-law school appellate moot court competition sponsored by the School of Law and the School of Medicine, Department of Medical Humanities, Southern Illinois University and the American College of Legal Medicine and ACLM Foundation. The purpose of the Competition is to develop the art of appellate advocacy and to encourage research in the growing field of health law and ethics. The Competition is organized by a Coordinating Committee comprised of SIU School of Law faculty and current law students appointed to the Moot Court Board of the School of Law.
National Moot Court
Since 1950, the New York City Bar and the American College of Trial Lawyers have sponsored this National Moot Court Competition. Every year, over 150 law schools compete in the regional rounds throughout the U.S., and the winners advance to the final rounds held at the New York City Bar. This nationally–recognized competition allows law students to hone their appellate advocacy skills by arguing before prominent members of our profession.
Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (Trademark Team) Jessica Silbey/Rebecca Curtin
The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is an annual competition organized by INTA and members of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Committee. Now entering its 19th year, the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is the only competition in the United States with a focus on trademark and unfair competition law.
The Competition is named in honor of Saul Lefkowitz whose entire distinguished career was dedicated to the development of trademark and unfair competition law. For more than 30 years, Mr. Lefkowitz was a member of the trademark examining corps in the Trademark Office and was a member of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) from its creation in 1958. In 1975, he was named its Chairman.
This moot court competition is open to teams of law school students from accredited law schools throughout the United States. Students are expected to write a brief and argue the case in regional and national competitions before a panel of volunteer attorneys, judges from various district and other courts, members of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and jurists from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).
The objective of the competition is to introduce law students to important issues arising in United States trademark and unfair competition law. Law students who participate in the competition have the opportunity to develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience.
National Tax Moot
Court Competition (Tax Law Team) Prof. Corbett
The National Tax Moot Court is an appellate advocacy competition. Participants brief and orally argue a hypothetical appeal in a tax case. The national competition is sponsored by the Tax Section of the Florida Bar Association. The competition simulates an appeal of a trial court decision, so appellate writing and oral advocacy skills are emphasized. Students research a problem, write an appellate brief, and present oral arguments before panels of judges. This competition does not have a regional. Students compete in the intra-school competition and then the national. Students earn two pass/fail credits for their participation in the national competition in Florida. This competition is open to all students who have completed their first year.
J. Braxton Craven
Law Team) Prof. Pizzano
This national competition is held annually at the University of North Carolina Law School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The competition is based on current, topical Constitutional Law issues. Participants are required to prepare a written brief as well as present oral arguments before panels of judges. Suffolk has participated in this competition since its inception in 1977 and has won it several times. The competition is designed to develop competitors’ research, writing and oral advocacy skills.
Competition (International Law Team) Professors DeFabritiis and Kim
Now in its 52nd year, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. Thousands of law students from around the world will work all year long on this season's Jessup Problem, which will address the legality of the use of unmanned drones and international anti-corruption law. Most students must first compete in national and regional competitions (mostly held in January-March) to earn the right to advance to the White & Case International Rounds held every spring in Washington, D.C.
Irving R. Kaufman
Memorial Competition (Securities Law Team) Prof. Franco
The Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition is held in honor of Judge Kaufman, a Fordham alumnus who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for many years, including seven years as Chief Judge. The Competition offers teams the opportunity to test appellate advocacy skills before leading jurists, securities regulators, academics, and practitioners. In years past, the Kaufman Competition has attracted such distinguished final round panelists as Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Byron White, notable Circuit Judges, leading Securities and Exchange Commission officials, and influential securities law academics and practitioners. The Thirty-Sixth Annual Kaufman Competition will be held March 24-27, 2011. The esteemed final round panel for 2011 will include Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; Judge Boyce F. Martin, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Commissioner Troy A. Paredes, of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission; and Judge Richard A. Posner, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition (Patent Law Team) Eve Brown
The Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court competition is named for the late Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The competition, comprising regional meets in various cities across the nation and a national final meet in Washington, DC, is an annual inter-law school event sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). There is no entry fee for the competition. The competition is made possible through the volunteer service of attorneys, judges, and AIPLA professionals.
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