Moot Court

UDSL Moot CourtThe University of Dayton School of Law Moot Court program is a student-run organization committed to excellence in appellate brief writing and oral advocacy skills.  Students who demonstrate exceptional ability in both areas are invited to compete in the Walther H. Rice Moot Court Competition for a chance to be on the UDSL Moot Court Team.  Within the legal community, Moot Court is generally regarded as one of the most prestigious and rewarding activities a law student can participate in.  UDSL takes great pride in the Moot Court Team and its long and successful history.

After competing in national competitions during the spring semester of their second year, members of the UDSL Moot Court Team may apply for a position on the Moot Court Board.  The Board is responsible for the operation of the UDSL Moot Court program, coaching the Moot Court Team, and planning and promoting all Moot Court sponsored events and competitions.

Moot Court Board 2013

Moot Court Board

Chief Justice:  Cristina Frankian
Associate Justice of Administration:  Christian Cavalier
Associate Justices of Extramural Competitions:  Kimberly Roeder and Kathleen Van Schaik
Associate Justices of Intramural Competitions:  Katherine George and Jane Hutch

Moot Court Board Faculty Advisors: Professor Tom Hagel and Professor Victoria VanZandt

Please contact Cristina Frankian at frankianc1@udayton.edu for more information.

Moot Court Team

The UDSL Moot Court Team is comprised of second and third year students who have demonstrated exceptional written and oral advocacy skills.  The Second Year Team participates in national competitions in the spring.  Upon completing spring competitions, team members are invited to compete the following year as part of the Third Year Team.  The Third Year Team competes in the New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition during the fall and the spring.

Second Year Team

2013-2014 Second Year Team Members

  • Joseph Bogdewiecz
  • Jonathan Bucher
  • Christine Farmer
  • Justin Griffis
  • Catherine Keller
  • Daniel Overstreet
  • Jonathon Snider
  • Katherine Wright

Third Year Team

2013-2014 Third Year Team Members

  • Matthew Kaminski
  • Adam Kostik
  • Jessica Martell
  • Matthew Schappa

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Walter H. Rice Intramural Moot Court Competition

The Walter H. Rice Intramural Moot Court Competition is an annual appellate advocacy competition hosted in order to select the University of Dayton School of Law Moot Court Team.  Students who demonstrate exceptional written and oral advocacy skills throughout the Appellate Practice & Procedure course will be invited to participate.  The top students to advance through the Walter H. Rice Competition will be the newest members of the Moot Court Team.  In addition, the top two students who advance to the final round will have the honor of arguing before the Honorable United States District Court Judge Walter H. Rice, as well as two additional judges from the local state, appellate, or federal bench.

Final Round of the 2013-2014 Walter H. Rice
Moot Court Competition

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at 6 p.m.
Mathias H. Heck Courtroom, Keller Hall

  • U.S. District Judges Walter H. Rice, Thomas M. Rose and
    Timothy S. Black will be presiding over the final round.

The final round of Moot Court competition will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. in the Mathias H. Heck Courtroom.  This event is free and everyone is invited to watch the competition. Judge Rice will once again take the bench for this special event and will be joined by other jurists from the region.

   

Judge Walter Rice
The Honorable Walter H. Rice
Biography

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The Walter H. Rice Intramural Moot Court Competition held Dec. 3, 2013.

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National Competitions

The Second and Third Year members of the UDSL Moot Court Team compete in the following national competitions.

Second Year Team

  • Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition
  • The Federal Bar Association Moot Court Competition
  • The John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition
  • The Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition
    

Third Year Team

  • The New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition

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Support Moot Court

The Moot Court Board and Team Members are incredibly grateful for the support of the UDSL faculty and administration, as well as attorneys and judges within the local legal community.  There are numerous ways to show support for the team.  If you would like to learn more, please contact the Chief Justice, Cristina Frankian, at frankianc1@udayton.edu.

Gifts

Please contact the Moot Court Board for more information on how to give a gift to the team.

    

Assistance & Services

If you would like to show your support for the team by making a non-monetary donation (such as text books, office supplies, etc.) or providing a service (such as catering, printing, transportation,  etc.), please contact the Moot Court Board.

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Awards

Awards received during the 2010–2012 competition years, include:

  • Best Oralist: Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition (2011 and 2012)
  • Runner-up: Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition (2010)
  • Semifinalists: National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition, McKinney School of Law (2012)
  • Quarter Finalist: Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition (2011) and John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, at Seton Hall University School of Law (2012)
  • Best Brief: Ethics and Professionalism, at Mercer College of Law (2011)
  • Runner-up, Best Brief: Entertainment Law, at Cardozo College of Law (2011)
  • Octo-Finalist: Entertainment Law, at Cardozo College of Law (2011)

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Volunteer to Judge a Moot Court Event

If you would like to judge oral argument rounds either for the Walter H. Rice Competition or for national competitions in the spring, please complete the form below and we will provide you with a schedule of all upcoming oral argument rounds.

Click here to submit your information to volunteer to judge a Moot Court event.

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