The 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.
2015 Moot Court Board
Chief Justice: Ghassan Deek
Faculty Advisors: Professors Sheila Miller and Tom Hagel
2014 Moot Court Board
Chief Justice: Joe Bogdewiecz
Faculty Advisors: Professors Sheila Miller and Tom Hagel
2013 Moot Court Board
Chief Justice: Cristina Frankian
Moot Court Board Faculty Advisors: Professors Tom Hagel and Victoria VanZandt
Please contact Yogi Snider at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
2015-16 Team: Brock Bowers, Lizbeth Chavez, Ahmad Saleh, Lindsay Bozanich, Marcus Heath, Jessica Andress, Kassidy Dees, and David Friedman
Third Year Team: Travis Butchello and Nadia Klarr
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.
Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at 6 p.m. at Mathias H. Heck Courtroom, Keller Hall Results: Jessica Andress, Best Oralist; and Kassidy Dees, Runner-up
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Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at 6 p.m. at Mathias H. Heck Courtroom, Keller Hall
Results: Jessica Andress, Best Oralist; and Kassidy Dees, Runner-up
Nadia Klarr and Travis Butchello competed in the National Moot Court Competition, a competition solely for third year students, sponsored by the New York City Bar Association. They placed 3rd and were semifinalists in Region 6.
Brock Bowers and Lizbeth Chavez will be attending the John Gibbons Competition, coached by Ashley Adkinson and Anthony Graber.
David Friedman and Ahmad Saleh will attend the Jerome Prince Evidence Competition, coached by Ghassan Deek.
Lindsay Bozanich and Marcus Heath will attend the Sutherland Cup Competition which is hosted by Catholic University of America and the Newseum Institute. They are coached by Jacquelyn McTigue.
Jessica Andress and Kassidy Dees will attend the Thurgood Marshall Competition sponsored by the Federal Bar Association. They are coached by Travis Butchello and Nadia Klarr.
Nadia Klarr and Travis Butchello competed in the 2015 National Moot Court Competition, a competition solely for third year students, sponsored by the New York City Bar Association. They placed 3rd and were semifinalists in Region 6.
Joe Bogdewiecz and Jonathon "Yogi" Snider were quarterfinalists at the 2014 John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition hosted by Seton Hall University School of Law. Also, they received the award for second-best brief.
Awards received during competition include:
- Quarter Finalist: John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, at Seton Hall University School of Law - 2012 and 2014
- Quarter Finalist: Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition - 2011
- 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
- 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
Walter H. Rice Moot Court Competition
2015: Jessica Andress, Best Oralist; and Kassidy Dees, Runner-up
2014: Ghassan Deek, Best Oralist; Nadia Klarr, Runner-up
2013: 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. If you would like to learn more, please contact the Associate Justice of Administration at email@example.com.
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.