Ruby R. Vale Corporate Moot Court Competition Champions
Nadia Abadir, Liz Boison, Claudio Ochoa with Final Round Judges
WCL Host Competitions
- Alvina Reckman-Myers First Year Tournament (Intra-School)
The Alvina Reckman-Myers First Year Competition allows both full and part-time first year students the oppotunity to practice their appellate advocacy skills. This competition allows students to gain valuable advice and feedback from experienced alumni, legal practitioners and members of the judiciary.
- Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Tournament
The Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Competition is open to all accredited law schools. The competition is held at WCL and allows participants an opportunity to compete against one another on a First Amendment issue drafted by members of the Moot Court Executive Board. Cash prizes are awarded.
- Spring Qualifying Tournament (Intra-School)
The Spring Qualifying Tournament allows students an opportunity to compete for a position on the Moot Court team. Competitors are required to submit a written brief and participate in two rounds of oral argument. WCL students who are among the top 15-30 competitors in the Spring Qualifying Tournament, earn the honor of representing WCL at trial and appellate advocacy competitions across the country.
- National High School Tournament
The National High School Moot Court Tournament is one of the only tournaments in the United States specifically designed to allow high school students from across the country a chance to compete in a moot court setting.
The WCL Inter-school Team is made up of 44 students who participate in both regional and national competitions across the country. Team members write briefs and often enjoy the opportunity to argue their cases in front of prominent jurists, including Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. Becoming a member of the Inter-school team is a great way to improve your oral advocacy and writing skills, and also to meet law students throughout the country.
Students must compete in the Spring Qualifying Tournament to become a member of the Inter-school team. Once on the team, students are assigned to a specific regional or national competition. Team members are required to take an advocacy course appropriate for their competition. Such courses operate as great training ground for our team members.
The problems/fact patterns for the relevant competitions usually arrive in December/January, at which time team members start the task of writing their briefs. Once briefs are drafted and submitted, teams begin to prepare and perfect their oral arguments in front of fellow students, professors, lawyers, and judges. By the Spring, teams are off to their competitions. Moot Court provides all travel expenses.
Below is a list of the competitions WCL attends:
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Trial Advocacy Competition (ATLA)
Topic: Mock Trial (Civil)
Date: Regional Rounds - February 24-27, 2005
Location: Washington, D.C.
National Trial Competiton
Topic: Mock Trial (Criminal)
Date: Regional Rounds - March 30 - April 2, 2005
Location: Washington, D.C.
ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Topic: Varies Annually
Date: Regional Rounds - February 24-26, 2005
Nationals - March 31 - April 1, 2005
Location: Washington, D.C. (Regionals); Chicago, IL (Nationals)
New York Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Topic: Constitutionality of Tax Statute Provisions (Varies Annually)
Date: November 19-21, 2004
Location: Balitmore, MD
William E. McGee National Civil Rights Competition
Topic: Civil Rights
Date: March 3-5, 2005
Location: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
J. Braxton-Craven Jr. Memorial Moot Court Competition
Topic: Constitutional Law
Date: February 23-26, 2005
Location: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Ruby R. Vale Corporate Moot Court Competition
Topic: Corporate Law
Date: March 17-20, 2005
Location: Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE
John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition
Topic: Criminal Procedure
Location: Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ
Dean Jerome R. Prince Memorial Evidence Competition
Date: April 7-9, 2005
Location: Brooklyn School of Law, Brooklyn, NY
National First Amendment Competition
Topic: First Amendment Law
Date: February 24-25, 2005
Location: Vanderbilt University First Amendment Center, Nashville, TN
Saul Leftkowitz Intellectual Property Moot Cout Competition
Topic: Intellectual Property
Date: Regional Rounds - February 19-20, 2005
Nationals - March 12, 2005
Location: New York City (Regionals); Washington, D.C. (Nationals)
BMI Entertainment and Communications Moot Court Competition
Topic: Entertainment and Communications Law
Location: New York City
Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Cout Competition
Topic: International Law
Date: U.S. Regional Rounds - February 17-19, 2005
International Rounds - March 27 - April 2, 2005
Location: Chicago, IL (Regionals)
Niagara Cup International Moot Court Competition
Topic: International Law
Location: Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois