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
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: IF THIS CHANGES I WILL NOTIFY JUDGES AND COACHES TBA
GENERAL INFORMATION: Information for 2014 Western Regional Tournament
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
* Ten Tournament First Place Finishes (nine for oral advocacy and one for written advocacy)
* Thirty-two semi-finalists in tournament competitions
Written Advocacy: National Tournaments
* American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy Champions, 2014
* American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy, 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 Champions, 2003
* American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Oral Advocacy 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
* Upper Midwest Regional Tournament Champions, 2013
* Western Regional Runners-Up, 2003
* Western Regional Semi–Finalists, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2013 (five)
Oral Advocacy: Invitational Tournaments:
* Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2012
* California Classic Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013
* California Classic Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Runners-Up, 2014
* Southern Methodist University School of Law Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Runners-Up, 2013
* 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
2014 CSULB Moot Court Team and Coaches at Nationals With Representative Mark Meadows, and the Team with Coach Ringel.
The Three Thrilling 32 Teams
Krist Biakanja and Kevin Poush Asmita Deswal and David Casarrubias
Greg Brown and Amethyst Jefferson-Roberts
2013 Upper Midwest Champs!!! 2013 Upper Midwest Champs with Coaches
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 Western 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!!!
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
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]
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
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. A special thanks to The Honorable Amy Yerkey, Vern Schooley, and Cheri Estes and Mark Weitzman for their assistance in recruiting judges. 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 Kristin Taylor of the Department of Political Science. Thanks to Amy and John Lanham and Emily Lees all of our volunteers.