Regional Competitions

Regional and National teams benefit from a modest budget that pays for competition-related expenses, including travel and housing. Administrators will also arrange for faculty and practitioner assistance in accordance with the rules of the competition, including practice rounds and oral critiques.

Selection of Regional Competitors

Qualification and Competition Selection. To participate in most regional and invitational competitions, you must win an in-house competition of the corresponding type (i.e., you must win an In-House Mock Trial Competition to advance to a Mock Trial Regional Competition and you must win an In-House Appellate Competition to advance to a Regional or Invitational Appellate Competition). After you have been offered a position on a team, you and your teammates must choose a competition from the list below. Once you have been offered a chance to compete at a regional or invitational competition, we will not withdraw that invitation so long as you continue to follow your coaches' instructions, the Board's direction, and the competition rules.

The winners of the James Bond In-House Appellate Competition will advance to the American Bar Association Regional Competition, which is held in the spring following the Bond Competition. The winners of the Fred Tausend In-House Appellate Competition will advance to the National Moot Court Regional Competition in the fall following the Tausend competition. For a more comprehensive look at the qualification procedure, please take a look at our Regional Qualification Chart.

Additional Teams. Each in-house competition will produce one regional or invitational competition team. Often, however, the Board fields an additional team composed of in-house participants in order to ensure Seattle University's success in the regional or invitational competition. Places on this additional team will be offered to the remaining in-house competitors in the order in which they placed at the in-house competition.

Composition of Competition Teams. Although two students may have been partners in the in-house competition, there is no guarantee that they will be partners for the regional or invitational competition. The Board and the regional coaches will determine the composition of the competition team(s) with the goal of maximizing the chances that Seattle University will succeed at the competition. In the event a qualifying in-house competitor cannot compete in a regional competition, that person's place will be offered to the remaining in-house competitors in the order in which they placed.

There may be times when one spot may be offered to two partners who are next in line to compete. In such a case, the partners must choose between themselves to decide which one will advance to the competition. If the partners cannot decide, then the Board will choose between them, usually by random selection.

BLSA Regional Competitions. The National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) sponsors two regional competitions for their members: the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition and the Frederick Douglass Appellate Competition. BLSA members may not compete in these regional competitions unless they participate in the In-House Mock Trial Competition (to qualify for Marshall) or In-House Appellate Competition (to qualify for Douglass). To qualify, a BLSA member must inform the in-house administrators before the in-house competition that she/he wants to compete for a chance to compete in the Thurgood Marshall or Frederick Douglass competition. Positions on the Marshall and Douglass teams will be offered to those BLSA members in the order they place in the in-house competition.

BLSA members may of course participate in in-house competitions in order to qualify for other competitions, but may only qualify for one regional competition per in-house competition.

Appellate Advocacy

  • Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition: Sponsored by the International Trademark Association (INTA)

    The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition was established in 1990 in honor of Saul Lefkowitz, a Chairman of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Competition is an annual event consisting of Regional Competitions in Atlanta, Chicago, New York and San Francisco, and a Final National Competition in Washington, DC, USA.

    The objective of the Competition is to introduce law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law. Law students who participate in the Competition have the opportunity to develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience.

    The appeal is argued before distinguished jurists from the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit (CAFC), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the USPTO and judges from various district and other courts. During National Finals, cash prizes totaling up to US $8,500 are awarded.

  • Commercial Bankruptcy - Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition
  • The John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition: Now in its fourteenth year, focuses on timely issues of criminal procedure and criminal law.
  • 2014 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition: Honoring Evan A. Evans (1876-1948)

    Judge Evans, an 1899 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1916 to 1948. He maintained strong ties to the University of Wisconsin, serving as trustee of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, as president of the Alumni Association, and as a member of the Board of Visitors.

    While on the bench, Judge Evans asked for and received a separation of the duties handled by the circuit and district courts, so that the district courts handled all of the trial work while the circuit court dealt only with the growing number of appeals. Judge Evans' request to physically separate the courts resulted in the construction of the U.S. Court of Appeals building at 1212 Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

    The University of Wisconsin Law School Moot Court Board is pleased to honor the career of Evan A. Evans by inviting schools to argue constitutional issues in the hope of living up to his high standard of appellate advocacy. Judge Evans, noted during his years of private practice for both his brief-writing and his outstanding oral advocacy, left as his legacy a standard of excellence in the field of appellate advocacy which inspired the dedication of this competition.

  • Gabrielli National Family Law Competition
  • William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
  • Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition: Recognized as the preeminent environmental law moot in the United States, the event tests skills in appellate brief writing and oral advocacy involving issues drawn from real cases, providing experience in environmental litigation first hand.
  • Frederick Douglas National Moot Court Competition: * Sponsored by the National Black Law Student Association. *This competition is only open to members of Seattle University's BLSA chapter.
  • The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition: This competition is comprised of a regional round, a national round, and then a world finals round.
  • National First Amendment Moot Court Competition: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution "the cornerstone of American democracy" is the focus of the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition. Recognized as one of the nation's finest constitutional law competitions, this annual event features a current First Amendment controversy.
  • Sexual Orientation Law Moot Court Competition: The Sexual Orientation Law Moot Court Competition is the only national competition dedicated exclusively to the area of sexual orientation law. The competition will provide an opportunity for competitors to write an appellate level brief on a current topic in sexual orientation law and to argue the case before a panel of judges. The competition is designed to promote and recognize the finest oral and written advocacy on a significant problem in sexual orientation law. The competition primary occurs over a two weekend period. The finalists are invited to return for the second weekend to try their case. Travel expenses are paid for all competitors that make it to the final round, excluding coaches.
  • National Criminal Procedure Tournament: This annual competition is held early in the fall at the University of San Diego.
  • National Health Law Moot Court Competition: For over a decade, the Center for Health Law and Policy at Southern Illinois University School of Law, the Department of Medical Humanities at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, the American College of Legal Medicine, and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation have sponsored the National Health Law Moot Court Competition. The Competition is held annually at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois. This competition is typically held in November.

Trial Advocacy


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