Internal Competitions

The Robert H. Bork Appellate Competition

     Every fall semester the moot court board organizes an appellate competition dedicated to the Honorable Robert H. Bork. As one of the most distinguished figures in American legal history and a founding father of Ave Maria School of Law, the Moot Court Board is honored and privileged to host this annual competition in Judge Bork’s honor and memory. The competition is open to second and third year students.
    Each team, consisting of two student advocates, writes a brief in support of either the appellant or appellee based on a hypothetical legal issue developed by the Moot Court Publications Committee. Participants argue in first, semi-final, and final rounds before a three-judge panel. The panels consist of prominent legal practitioners in the Southwest Florida legal community, including federal and state judges. The names of the winning team are inscribed on the Robert H. Bork Trophy.


The St. Thomas More Trial Competition

    In the spring semester of each school year the Moot Court Board organizes the St. Thomas More Trial Competition. Second and third year students who have completed Evidence and Trial Advocacy are able to compete. The teams consist of two student advocates who prepare an argument for either plaintiff or defendant. The trial consists of either a criminal or civil dispute. The first round is argued at the Collier County Courthouse and Ave Maria Law School hosts the final round.


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External Competitions

The New York City Bar Trial Lawyers Association— National Moot Court Competition

   The prestigious New York City Bar Moot Court Competition, otherwise known as the National Moot Court Competition, began in 1950. It is co-sponsored by the New York City Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Every year over 150 law schools from across the country enter teams to compete in one of the fifteen regional rounds. These regional rounds take place during November with teams aspiring to reach the final rounds in New York during February. The New York City Bar hosts the competition’s final round. Students argue in front of a distinguished panel of judges from the New York legal community. 

Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition

   During their annual summit in Orlando, Florida, the Florida Bar Trial Lawyers hosts the Chester Bedell Trial Competition at the luxurious JW Marriott. Each Florida law school competes in this three-day competition to hold the coveted title of "Best Trial Team". It may be of particular interest to law students who wish to practice in Florida because of the exposure to top Florida trial lawyers. Participants have the opportunity to network at a reception and dinner during the competition.  

ABA National Appellate Competition

   The ABA Law Student Division hosts the National Appellate Advocacy Competition, which hones both brief writing and oral advocacy skills. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. Student advocates are given a legal issue involving the First Amendment. Hundreds of teams from throughout the country participate in this competition. All students choosing to compete must be members of the ABA Law Student Division. In addition to this competition the ABA Law Student Division offers job assistance, leadership training, public service opportunities, and career development programming.


Giles Sutherland Rich Patent Law Moot Court Competition

   The Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court competition is named for the late Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich, who revolutionized patent law in the United States during his tenure as judge and by co-writing federal patent law statutes. The competition holds regional moot arguments in various cities across the nation with the national final argument in Washington, D.C. This final round of arguments is also an annual inter-law school event sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Competition

   Each spring the New York Law School Moot Court Association hosts the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition in honor of the late U.S. Senator. The competition is the nation’s largest student-organized moot court competition. It is also the only national competition dedicated exclusively to labor and employment law. For over thirty years, students from across the country interested in labor and employment law have competed in this esteemed event.

Tulane University Law School National Baseball Arbitration Competition

   The National Baseball Arbitration Competition, organized by the Tulane Sports Law Society, is a simulated salary arbitration competition modeled closely on the procedures used by Major League Baseball (MLB). Like many moot court competitions, the National Baseball Arbitration Competition's main goal is to provide participants with the opportunity to sharpen their oral and written advocacy skills. However, the competition is unique because it allows law students to improve these skills within the specialized context of MLB's salary arbitration proceedings. This annual competition is held in the spring semester at Tulane University Law School. At the conclusion of the arbitration competition the Tulane Sports Law Society hosts a panel of experts to discuss legal issues related to baseball.

Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition

   Robert Orseck was a renowned appellate attorney in South Florida. His fifteen years of practice played a significant role in the development of the common law in Florida. Mr. Orseck was noted for his style, integrity, and unparalleled understanding of complicated factual and legal problems in arguing before the Appellate Courts of Florida. His practice led to over 350 decisions in both the Southern and Federal Reporter, with 159 of those decisions resulting in opinions. Friends and colleagues of Mr. Orseck have donated the awards given at the competition in his honor. Awards are presented to the runner up, best oral advocates, best brief, and first and second place teams overall. The competitions hypothetical legal problem, released in late April, always presents a thought-provoking issue encompassing Florida law. Each law school may send one team consisting of two or three students. Each team must submit a brief that is no longer 25 pages of text and complies with the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure.

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