Answer to question submitted to committee regarding 2013 competition rules:
Can a team designate different persons as desk counsel for different rounds or for different sides so that everyone gets a chance to argue the case?
According to rule 3.1, a “team” can be composed of up to three students (advocates), with an added, optional desk counsel (total of four students). Therefore, the desk counsel is an additional member and is not allowed to present oral arguments. The desk counsel shares all the team’s responsibilities except for presenting oral arguments. The desk counsel may additionally aide the advocate during the presentation by taking notes and keeping time. Each school is welcome to register 2 teams to allow a larger number of students to actively participate.