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Moot Court Court

BIG NEWS:  WATCH CSULB’S ASHLEY HALL AND KYLE MAURY IN THE AMERICAN COLLEGIATE MOOT COURT’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ROUND VISIT http://www.acmamootcourt.org/2014-nationals-video.html

THE 2014-15 CASE CAN BE FOUND ON THE ACMA WEBSITE.  VISIT:  American Collegiate Moot Court Association

WESTERN REGIONAL WILL BE:  November 21 and 22, 2014

PLACE:  CSULB

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:  IF THIS CHANGES I WILL NOTIFY JUDGES AND COACHES.  WE WILL ANNOUNCE OPTION 1 OR OPTION 2 FRIDAY EVENING.

Schedule for ADVOCATES, COACHES, AND GUESTS:  Schedule of Events for 2014 regional for ADVOCATES

Schedule for JUDGES ONLY.  Schedule of Events for 2014 regional for Judges

GENERAL INFORMATION:  Information for 2014 Western Regional Tournament

REGISTRATION:  Western Regional Moot Court Competition Registration Form

HOTEL INFORMATION:  Hotel Information for Western Regional Tournament

VISIT ACMA WEBSITE:  For a link to the current case, to read ACMA rules, or to see videos of past finals go to:  American Collegiate Moot Court Association

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT MOOT COURT:

APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING 2015 ARE DUE OCTOBER 22, 2014.  THEY ARE NOW AVAILABLE.  moot court application form for Spring 2015

APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2015 ARE DUE MARCH 25, 2015.  THEY ARE NOW AVAILABLE.  moot court application form for fall 2015

 

What is Moot Court?

Moot court is the simulation of appellate argument.  Two-person legal teams compete in front of a panel of judges.  Students argue a hypothetical legal case known as “the competition case.”  To do so, students must research the cases and laws cited in “the competition case.”  Moot court judges ask students questions and grade the students on the basis of their knowledge of the case, their response to questioning, their forensic skills, and their demeanor.  Oral argument lasts 40 minutes (each side gets 20 minutes) and each student is expected to speak for a minimum of 7 minutes.

Why Participate in Moot Court?

It is fun and rewarding. It is challenging. It is good experience for law school and a legal career. It will teach you how to think, speak, and write in a clearer and more precise manner. You will learn valuable research skills. You will improve your logical and critical thinking skills. You will meet and network with a variety of important people in the legal, academic, and political community.

Read What Former Moot Court Students Say About Moot Court

THE HISTORY OF MOOT COURT AT CSULB:
If you are interested in an in-depth history of moot court at CSULB check out this history.A-Short-History-of-Moot-Court-at-CSULB
Quick Highlights:

*  Eleven Tournament First Place Finishes (ten for oral advocacy and one for written advocacy)

*  Thirty-seven semi-finalists in tournament competitions

Written Advocacy:  National Tournaments

*  American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy National Champions, 2014

*  American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy, National Runners-Up, 2013

*  American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy, 7th Place, 2011-2012

Oral Advocacy:  National Tournaments

*  American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Oral Advocacy National Champions, 2003

*  American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Oral Advocacy National Runners Up, 2014

*  American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Orator Awards, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 (six advocates)

*  American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Sweet 16, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013, (seven teams)

Oral Advocacy:  Regional Tournaments

*  Western Regional Tournament Champions, 2002 and 2012 and 2014

*  Upper Midwest Regional Tournament Champions, 2013 and 2014

*  Western Regional Runners-Up, 2003

*  Western Regional Semi–Finalists, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2013 (five)

Oral Advocacy:  Invitational Tournaments:

*   Falcon Classic Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2014

*   California-Massachusetts Classic Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2014

*   Long Beach Classic Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2013 and 2014

*  California Classic Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013

*   California Classic Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Runners-Up, 2014

*   California-Texas Classic Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2013

*  Southern Methodist University School of Law Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Runners-Up, 2013

*  Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2012

*  South Texas College of Law Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament, 3rd Place, 2012

*  Capitol Classic, 3rd Place, 2008

THE HISTORY OF THE WESTERN REGIONAL:  

If you are interested in the history of the Western Regional at CSULB, you’ll find it here: History of the Western Regional at CSULB

Who Judges Moot Court?

Moot court judges can be most anyone who is familiar with the record and the law or the legal system. Judges are typically lawyers or in some cases law students.  Many former mooters judge at events.  Many tournaments feature judges and justices, and law school deans and faculty.  Many judges are members of Inns of Court.  The only restriction is that judges cannot be undergraduates. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in judging at future tournaments please contact Professor Ringel

INFORMATION FOR CSULB STUDENTS WHO WISH TO BECOME INVOLVED IN OR LEARN MORE ABOUT MOOT COURT:

CSULB MOOT COURT COACHES:

Director: Professor Lewis S. Ringel

Graduate Assistant: Sabrina van der Linden-Gonzales

Assistant Coaches: Patrick Dyson Kelsey StaplerJudy Hails

How do I get into CSULB’s Moot Court Class?

IMPORTANT: Participation in the CSULB program is by permission of the instructor (Dr. Ringel).

Students who wish to participate in the political science department’s moot court program need to apply by the Fall deadline which will be announced.

Once accepted by Dr. Ringel, applicants need to gain a permit and then enroll in:

417. Legal Practices: Moot Court (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of either: POSC 311 or 312, AND one of: POSC 318, 412, or 414; and upper division standing. Study and acquisition of the skills of lawyering, including legal research, reasoning, writing, and trial advocacy. Substantive study of civil liberties.

Enrollment in this course is by instructor permission only. Please contact Professor Ringel at lewisringel@verizon.net for further information. His office is SPA 223. Phone: 562-985-4708.

POSC 417 is a demanding and rigorous course. Students should anticipate a challenging but exciting and extremely worthwhile experience. Contact Professor Ringel to see his latest syllabus.

The current case, cases in the upcoming record, and the rules for the Written Brief Contest can be found at:   http://acmamootcourt.org/ 

CSULB In the news:  Tournament Highlights & Photos

CSULB wins 2014 Western Regional Moot Court Tournament!!!

2014 Western Regional Champs

L-R:  Lewis Ringel, Krist Biakanja, IV, Ashley Hall, and Pat Dyson

CSULB, November 21-22, 2014

CSULB successfully defends its title as Upper Midwestern Regional Champs!!!

Upper Midwest 2104 Champs

L-R:  Pat  Dyson, Kevin Poush, Shelby Morgan, and Lewis Ringel

University of Iowa College of Law, November 6-7, 2014

Upper Midwestern Champs with CSULB President Jane Conoley

President Conoley and Team

L-R:  Shelby Morgan, President Jane Conoley, and Kevin Poush

CSULB competes in the 2014 Falcon Classic held at the US Air Force Academy, November 1, 2014

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Members of the 2014-15 CSULB Moot court team.

Read about CSULB’s national title at http://urd.csulb.edu/news-events/story.cfm?hackid=2127

2014 National Written Respondent Brief Champions and Oral Advocacy Runners Ashley Hall and Kyle Maury

National ChampsKyle Ash LSR

2014 CSULB Moot Court Team and Coaches at Nationals With Representative Mark Meadows, and the Team with Coach Ringel.

With Rep Meadowsteam with LSR

The Three Thrilling 32 Teams

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Krist Biakanja and Kevin Poush                             Asmita Deswal and David Casarrubias

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Greg Brown and Amethyst Jefferson-Roberts

2013 Upper Midwest Champs!!!                          2013 Upper Midwest Champs with Coaches

 

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Krist Biakanja and Kevin Poush              Pat Dyson, Lewis Ringel, Biakanja and Poush

 

2012-13 and 2013-14 Teams with Judge John Tobin and Justice Paul Turner

2012 Team with Judges  Full team with Judges

2012 Western Regional Champs!!!

Regional Champs

Adria Bonillas, Justice Paul Turner, and Krist Biakanja

CSULB at 2012 Nationals at Chapman School of Law:

CSULB produces two Sweet 16 Teams for First Time Ever!!!

Moot Court 2012 National Tournament

Photo (from left-right): Professor Judy Hails (Assistant Coach), Jillian Ewan (Assistant Coach), Professor Lewis Ringel (Coach), Ruth Anderson, The Honorable Judge James Otto, Ryan Chapman, Yasmin Manners, Taylor Carr, The Honorable Justice Paul Turner, Wyatt Lyles, Kari Rice, Peter Vasilion, The Honorable Judge Scott Steiner, and Patrick Dyson (Assistant Coach).

MOOT COURT wins Texas State Undergraduate tournament! See pictures, below, and find out more here

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Photo: Moot Court Texas Tournament team; (Front, L-R) Yasmin Manners and Kari Rice; (Back, L-R) Robert Lane, Andrew Kemper, Ryan Chapman, and Wyatt Lyles [Photo credit: Tara Harris]

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Photo: (Front, L-R) Yasmin Manners and Ryan Chapman (Champs from CSULB) and Rebekah Samaniego and Shelby Henderson (Runner’s Up from UNT); (Back, L-R) Professor Lewis Ringel (CSULB Coach), Unidentified Judge, The Honorable Justice Lee Gabriel (2nd District), The Honorable Judge John C. Hendrick, Unidentified Judge, Unidentified Judge, and Professor Kimi King (UNT Coach)

CSULB Coach Lewis Ringel and 2010 Western Regional Semi-Finalists Jillian Ewan and Aaron Sibley with former Governor George Deukmejian

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We would like to acknowledge the support in the form of donations of prizes of Lanahan Publishing, Pearson Publishing, Oxford Press, West Publishing, and McGraw-Hill. Thanks to everyone else who has supported and continues to support our Moot Court program, including Scott Allen and the Hauth Center. A special word of appreciation to the Joseph Ball/Clarence Hunt Inn of Court of Long Beach, and our many supporters in the Long Beach Bar Association who have donated their time to judge and/or recruit justices for the Western Regional.  Thanks to the Offices of the President and the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Shayne of Public Affairs. Thanks to Professor Teresa Wright and Amelia Marquez and Elizabeth Galvan of the Department of Political Science. Thanks to Amy and John Lanham and Emily Lees all of our volunteers.