Alumni & Practitioner Involvement

The success of moot court events at Washington College of Law largely depends on the active participation of the greater DC legal community. Members of the Bar ensure the success of our program by judging competitions, assisting WCL faculty in the training of our regional and national teams, and by hosting workshops on oral advocacy at WCL.

The Moot Court Honor Society benefits from the wisdom and perspective of practitioners.

Competition judges are always needed and very much appreciated. Competitions typically last one to two days, during which a panelist observes and critiques some of the best oral advocates from across the country. Judges are provided summary materials, including a bench memorandum, well before a given tournament. Note that particularized knowledge of a specific area of law is not required to judge. Judges serve on three to four person panels, providing an opportunity for the judge to interact with peers in the legal community.

This year, the Moot Court Honor Society is recruiting judges for the following competitions:

Alvina Reckman-Myers First-Year Competition

January 21-22 & 27, 2006
The Alvina Reckman- Myers First-Year Competition is the only annual moot court competition at WCL designed specifically for first-year students. Drawing nearly two hundred competitors, this competition allows first-year students the opportunity to enhance their appellate advocacy skills by preparing a fifteen minute appellate argument based on briefs provided to each competitor. Thus, competitors are judged solely on an oral, not written argument.

Burton D. Wechsler National First Amendment Moot Court Competition

February 4-5, 2006
The Twelfth Annual Burton D. Wechsler Competition allows students from law schools across the country to gather and argue a specially formulated First Amendment problem. This National Competition is named for Burton D. Wechsler of American University Washington College of Law. The Washington College of Law Moot Court Honor Society is proud to honor Professor Wechsler for his commitment to both First Amendment jurisprudence and the Washington College of Law's Moot Court Program. A maximum of thirty-two teams will compete for over $800 in prize money, as they advance through two preliminary rounds, one octa-final round, one quarterfinal round, one semifinal round, and a final round between the top two law schools.

National High School Competition

April 1-2, 2006
In cooperation with the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, the Moot Court Honor Society is pleased to hold the Sixth Annual National High School Moot Court Competition. This competition is an excellent opportunity for high school students to interact with alumni, law students, professors and judges and to explore the urgent problems of constitutional rights. High school students from across the country are invited to participate and have come from as far as California, Alaska, Massachusetts, and North Carolina to compete in this prestigious event. Last year, over forty of the nation's most gifted and talented high school students from over fifteen schools had the opportunity to make their oral arguments in a round-robin competition format.

Thank you for your support!