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Moot Court

Dayton Law Moot Court Program

Moot Court StaffThe 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 Walter 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.

The UDSL Moot Court Team is comprised of second and third-year students who have demonstrated exceptional written and oral advocacy skills. The Moot Court 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.

Why Join Moot Court?

See what students have to say about how their experience with the Moot Court team has helped them during their time in law school.

Why Join Moot Court?

See what students have to say about how their experience with the Moot Court team has helped them during their time in law school.

Walter H. Rice Intramural Moot Court Competition

Wide image of student during 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.

Recent Final Round Results

2023 Results: Justlynn Russell, Best Oralist; Anthony Covington, Runner-up. View Video. View Photo Gallery.

2022 Results: Samantha Moore, Best Oralist; Abbigayle Weaver, Runner-up. View Video. View Photo Gallery.

2021 Results: Justin Elkin, Best Oralist; Maggie Shaver, Runner-up. View Video. View Photo Gallery.

2020 Results: Deztany Johnson, Best Oralist; Phillip Kelly, Runner-up. View Photo Gallery

2019 Results: Maggie Miles, Best Oralist; Gwenevier Johnson, Runner-up. View Video. View Photo Gallery

2018 Results: Jesse Daley, Best Oralist; Kristin Hardy, Runner-up. View Video. View Photo Gallery

2017 Results: Zoe Curry, Best Oralist; Kaitlyn Meeks, Runner-up. View Video. View Photo Gallery

2016 Results: Ashten Lester, Best Oralist; Christin Dale, Runner-up. View Photo Gallery

2015 Results: Jessica Andress, Best Oralist; Kassidy Dees, Runner-up. View Photo Gallery

2014 Results: Ghassan Deek, Best Oralist; Nadia Klarr, Runner-up

2013 Results: Christine Farmer, Best Oralist; Jon Bucher, Runner-up

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.

Gifts

Please contact the Moot Court Advisor Lori Shaw Robol 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 Advisor Lori Shaw Robol.

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. Please fill out all information below and submit.

CONTACT

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