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Moot Court Board

2012-2013 ABA Regional Negotiation Competition

UO MOOT COURT COMPETITIONS MOOT COURT BOARD
NAAC WHAT IS MCB?
NEGOTIATION MISSION STATEMENT
MOCK TRIAL MEMBERS
TAX LAW EMAIL MCB
CLIENT COUNSELING  
PACE ENVIRONMENTAL COMPETITION  

 

 


 

MOOT COURT COMPETITIONS
2012-2013

National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Oregon Law Students Advance to Nationals. Read more.

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Shannon McCabe
Cody Neftin
Katie Semple
Joel Smith

Description
This competition is open to second year students. The National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) is a prestigious competition that designed to develop oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Intra-school competitors, who are chosen based on their LRW brief scores, will participate in a hypothetical appeal of a constitutional issue. Advocates with the highest oral advocacy scores will advance to the regional competition. For more information, see http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_students/events_competitions/practical_skills_competitions/naac.html.

NEGOTIATION

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John Carley
Jeff Nitschke
Kira Gerrits
Andrew Salgado

Description
This competition is open to all law students. The negotiation competition focuses on alternative dispute resolution skills. Teams of two will be selected at random to compete. In total 32 teams will be selected to compete. The two top teams will be sent to the regional competition. For more information contact the designated organizers. For more information please seewww.abanet.org/lsd/competitions/home.html.

MOCK TRIAL

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Bob Davis
Michael Kong
Karen Anderson
Elle McCall

Description
This competition is open to second and third year law students. Competitors watch a direct examination on video and then enter the courtroom to conduct a cross-examination of the same witness. The following evening competitors deliver a closing argument. The competition's panel of judges is comprised of local attorneys and/or judges. The top competitors advance to the Regional Mock Trial Competition, in which the teams participate as counsel in a full trial. The winners from the regional competition advance to the national competition. For more information please see www.tyla.org.

NATIONAL TAX LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION

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Laura Fishman
Willow Hillman

Description
This competition is open to second and third year students. Competitors will submit a persuasive writing sample and be interview by UO tax faculty. Two or three students will be selected to advance to the national competition in Florida, which will take place in Spring 2013. One alternate will also be selected.

CLIENT COUNSELING

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Connor Shores
Lauren Boyd
Matt Dahlstrom

Description
This competition is open to all students. Competitors conduct a client interview in self-chosen teams of two. The teams act as a mock law firm, conducting an initial client interview for approximately 15 minutes. A panel, comprised of local attorneys and psychologists, judges the teams. After two nights of elimination, the winning team competes in a regional competition. Winners of the regional competition advance to a national competition. Winners of the national competition then advance to an international competition. Several years ago, our team made it all the way to Australia, where they won the international competition! This year's topic will be Nuisance Law and Disputes Between Neighbors. More information will appear as it becomes available at www.abanet.org/lsd/competitions/home.html

PACE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION

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Emma Pelkey
Michael Stout

Description
This competition is open to second and third year students. * The Pace Environmental Moot Court competition focuses on brief writing and oral advocacy skills relating to issues in environmental law. Each participant will write a brief on the topic, then will go before a three-judge panel for oral argument. The written and oral portions of the competition will be equally weighted in grading, and the top two students will advance to the national competition. For more information contact the designated organizers, or click here.

 


 

MOOT COURT BOARD

WHAT IS MCB?

 

The Moot Court Board is a long-standing and prestigious 20-member student organization comprised of 10 third-year students and 10 second-year students. The Board organizes and runs the law school's oral advocacy program. Currently, the Board runs six intraschool competitions each year. At these competitions, a regional team is selected by judges from the local legal community. These teams then compete at the regional level against other law school teams for a chance to represent their school and region at the national level.

MISSION STATEMENT

 

The mission of the University of Oregon Moot Court Board is to: (1) provide students with academically challenging and diverse opportunities to develop oral and written advocacy skills which are essential components of the practice of law; (2) provide the School of Law with a viable competitive moot court program that will enhance the school's professional development of its students and produce competent and professional student representation in competitions with other law schools; (3) provide the practicing bar with an opportunity to help shape the skills development of future attorneys; and (4) provide Board members with an opportunity to develop legal research and writing skills through problem development and competition coordination.

 

MEMBERS

 

Director: Shannon McCabe
Appellate Coordinator: Cody Neftin
Practical Skills Coordinator: Connor Shores
Business Director: Bob Davis

2L Members:

 

Karen Anderson
Lauren Boyd
Matt Dahlstrom
Kira Gerrits
Willow Hillman
Elle McCall
Andrew Salgado
Katie Semple
Joel Smith
Michael Stout

3L Members:

 

John Carley
Bob Davis
Laura Fishman
Michael Kong
Shannon McCabe
Cody Neftin
Jeff Nitshcke
Emma Pelkey
Connor Shores

MEMBERSHIP SELECTION

 

The board member selection process begins in the middle of spring semester. The application requirements for 2013-2015 membership will be posted in January of 2013.

Each member of the Board serves for a two-year period. Duties include organizing and running one of the intraschool competitions, attending regular Board meetings, and completing miscellaneous projects on an as needed basis.

The organization of a competition can involve the research and writing of the particular competition's problem, judging the memos or briefs submitted for the competition, contacting members of the local legal community to request their participation as judges, and other administrative duties inherent in running a competition. For their efforts, each member of the Board receives one credit per semester.

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