Moot Court Board

About Us

 

The New York University Moot Court Board is a student-run, honorary organization that combines legal scholarship with oral advocacy. Staff members are selected from the first-year class primarily on the basis of the brief written in their lawyering class. Interested students apply through the journal write-on competition, but submit their brief in place of the essay requested by the journals. Each year, around 40 students are welcomed onto the Board. As second-years, Moot Court Board Staff Editors, join either the Casebook Division or the Competitions Division. In addition, the NYU Moot Court Board administers the annual Orison S. Marden Competition, one of the country’s best-known intra-school moot court competitions, and the Immigration Law Competition, open to law schools around the country.

NYU Moot Court Casebook

The NYU Moot Court Casebook, published annually, is the most widely recognized and utilized set of moot court problems in the nation; over 110 law schools currently subscribe. Each second-year Staff Editor in the Casebook division will create a moot court problem featuring an unresolved issue of law. Each problem has two parts: a detailed record, which contains all documents relevant to the hypothetical case, and a bench memo, which surveys all relevant case law and policy analysis and includes sample briefs for both sides.

Casebook Volume 35, published in November 2011, included problems authored by 2011-2012 Staff Editors.

Casebook Volume 36 will be published in November 2012. Casebook Staff Members also help prepare the previous year's Casebook for publication, moot the Competitions Staff Members for upcoming competitions, and administer the Immigration Law and Marden competitions.

NYU Moot Court Competitions Division

Competitions Division Staff Members represent New York University at a wide array of national competitions, and the program is currently ranked eighth in the nation. During their first semester on the Board, Competitions Division Staff Editors participate in an extensive oral advocacy and brief writing training program that involves writing a full-length appellate brief and arguing several times during the Fall Marden Competition. Their second semester on the Board is spent preparing appellate briefs and oral arguments for one of several interscholastic competitions. The 2012-2013 Competitions Division received accolades at the following competitions:

  • The New York Bar Association National Moot Court Competition (Second Place at Regionals, Second Best Final Round Oralist)
  • Pace Law School National Environmental Law Competition (Quarter-Finalists, Best Round Oralist)
  • John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition at Seton Hall University School of Law (First Place Overall, Best Preliminary Round Oralist, Best Final Round Oralist)
  • Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition at Fordham University School of Law (First Place Overall, Best Oralist, Second Best Oralist)
  • Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition at the University of Wisconsin (Quarter-Finalists, Second Best Oralist)
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Semi-Finalists, Fifth Best Oralist)
  • Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition (Quarter-Finalists)
  • Asylum & Refugee National Moot Court Competition at the University of California-Davis School of Law (Semi-Finalists, Second Best Brief)
  • Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition at Brooklyn Law School (Octo-Finalists)
  • Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Competition at New York Law School (Quarter-Finalists)
  • Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition at St. John's University School of Law (Quarter-Finalists)
  • National First Amendment Moot Court Competition at Vanderbilt University (Best Oralist)

Competitions division members also help prepare the previous year's Casebook for publication, moot each other's teams for upcoming competitions, and administer the Immigration Law and Marden Moot Court competitions.

The National, Jessup, and Environmental Teams

The National Team represents NYU Law at the prestigious National Moot Court Competition (sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American College of Trial Lawyers), while the Jessup Team represents NYU Law at the renowned Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and Environmental Team competes in the National Environmental Competition at Pace University. Each team consists of outstanding third-year advocates chosen from the Board and the previous year's Marden Competition.

Orison S. Marden Competition

Named for the famous NYU alumnus, the Orison S. Marden Competition is a school-wide moot court tournament open to all second- and third-year students. The NYU Moot Court Board administers the competition and drafts the problems for both the Fall Elimination and Spring Semifinal Rounds. For the final argument in Spring 2013, the Moot Court Board welcomed Honorable Judge Albert Diaz of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (an NYU Moot Court Board alumni), Judge Raymond Kethledge of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of New York.

Registration for the 2013-2014 Marden Competition will be announced in Fall 2013.

The Immigration Law Competition

The Seventh Annual NYU Immigration Law Moot Court Competition concluded in February 2012 and was open to law schools around the country. As with the Marden Competition, the Moot Court Board composes the problems and runs the tournament. Thirteen teams from around the country participate in a weekend of arguments at NYU.  For the final argument in Spring 2013, the Moot Court Board welcomed Judge Ilana Rovner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Guido Calabresi of the Second Circuit, and Judge Robert Katzmann of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dates for the Ninth Annual ILC will be announced in 2013.

Conclusion


New York University Moot Court Board membership offers an opportunity to develop and apply the research, writing, and advocacy skills essential to the successful practice of law. Producing appellate briefs and Casebook problems gives Staff Members writing and editing experience similar to that provided by membership on NYU's other journals. The added dimensions of advocacy and creativity, however, preserve the Moot Court Board 's unique place among the honorary journal organizations at NYU.

If you have any questions about Moot Court Board 's activities, please contact:

Amanda Levendowski
Editor-in-Chief
NYU Law Moot Court Board
nyumootcourt@gmail.com