Moot Court

Moot Court is widely recognized by judges and legal employers as a law school activity that prepares students for the practice of law.

Here is your opportunity to exercise your legal analysis skills in both written and oral form. 

Learn how to be an effective advocate as you help represent Liberty University School of Law in national Moot Court competitions. Moot court is a vital resume builder, especially if you are seeking a judicial clerkship.

See Moot Court Awards and Honors

Purpose

The Moot Court Board’s purpose is to:

  • Train students in the development, use, and practice of written and oral appellate advocacy skills
  • Develop, facilitate, and administer intramural moot court competitions
  • Select students, with the assistance of the faculty advisors, to represent Liberty University School of Law in intercollegiate moot court competitions
  • Assist the faculty in research and development of material for use in extracurricular training and activities in the area of moot court
  • Assist the faculty in the training of law students in the skills of moot court
  • Uphold the mission of Liberty University School of Law and use the opportunities that membership on the Moot Court Board provides to share this mission

Participation Requirements

  • All first-year law students are required to compete in a moot court tournament 
  • Participation in subsequent years is voluntary, but you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5  
  • No experience is necessary, but you must have both strong writing and oral skills

Moot Court Board, 2018-2019

  • Chair: Natalie Rhoads
  • Vice-Chair: John Riordan
  • Secretary: Richard Wiley
  • Internal Tournament Coordinator: Mary Alvarez
  • Hospitality Coordinator: Avery Hill
  • Research and Scheduling Coordinator: Annie Compitello
  • Undergraduate Liaison: Laura King

Competitions

The Moot Court Board holds two tournaments each year: the 2L / 3L Liberty Cup tournament in the fall semester and the George and Helen Hermestroff 1L Moot Court Tournament in the spring semester. The Moot Court Board also prepares and sends teams to compete in regional and national tournaments throughout the academic year.

Upcoming Events:
American Collegiate Moot Court Association (AMCA)
2018 Mid-South Regional Tournament
Nov. 2-3, 2018
Liberty University School of Law
For more information, contact Ms. Joleen Booth.

 

Recent Competition Success

2018-2019

  • Billings Exum and Frye Tournament
    • Champions - Natalie Rhoads '19, John Riordan '19
    • Best Oralist - John Riordan '19
  • Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
    • Second Place - Annie Compitello '19, Avery Hill, '19
    • Second Best Oralist - Annie Compitello '19
    • Third Best Oralist - Avery Hill '19
    • Second Best Petitioner's Brief - Rebekah Meier '20, AJ Colkitt '20

2017-2018

  • Notre Dame National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom
    • Champions; Best Brief; and Best Oralists - Levi Mauldin '18, Thomas Morris '18
  • National Appellate Advocacy Competition
    • Regional Champions and Second Best Brief - John Riordan '19, Annie Compitello '19, and Johnna Chick '18
    • Best Oralist - Natalie Rhoads '19
    • Second Best Oralist - John Riordan '19
    • Third Best Oralist - Annie Compitello '19
  • Leroy R. Hassell Sr National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
    • Third Place - Jonathan Shbeeb '19 and John Riordan '19
    • Third Best Oralist - Natalie Rhoads '19
    • Fifth Best Oralist - Jonathan Shbeeb '19
  • Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition
    • Champions and Best Brief - Tom Morris '18 and Alex Stauch '18
    • Best Oralist in Final Round - Alex Stauch '18

2016-2017

  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Tournament
    • Champions - Whitney Rutherford '17 and Wes Vorberger '17
    • Second Best Oralist - Whitney Rutherford '17
  • Leroy R. Hassell Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
    • Champions - Kristen Rose '17 and Tom Morris '18
    • Second Best Brief - Kristen Rose '17 and Tom Morris '18
    • Best Oralist - Ben Murray '18
    • Fourth Best Oralist - Meagan White '17

2015-2016 

  • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, national tournament
    • Quarterfinalists - Whitney Rutherford ('17) and Wes Vorberger ('17)
    • Second Best Brief - Whitney Rutherford ('17) and Wes Vorberger ('17)
    • Sixth Best Oralist - Wes Vorberger ('17)
    • Eighth Best Oralist - Whitney Rutherford ('17)
  • Billings Exum and Frye Tournament
    • Semifinalists - Ben Rathsam ('16) and Robin Jenkins ('16); Erika Lukenbill ('16) and Kristen Rose ('17)
    • Second Best Brief - Ben Rathsam ('16), Robin Jenkins ('16)
  • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, regional tournament
    • Regional Champions - Justin Reddington ('16), Zach Hurt ('16), Erika Lukenbill ('16), Whitney Rutherford ('17), Wes Vorberger ('17), and Robin Jenkins ('16)
    • Best Oralist - Whitney Rutherford ('17)
    • Second Best Brief - Robin Jenkins ('16), Whitney Rutherford ('17), and Wes Vorberger ('17)
    • Third Best Oralist - Justin Reddington ('16)
    • Fourth Best Oralist - Zach Hurt ('16)
  • 45th Annual William B. Spong Invitational Moot Court Tournament
    • Semifinalists - Megan White ('17) and Tiffany Collins ('17)
    • Quarterfinalists - André Craig ('16) and Jonathan Tanaka ('17)
  • Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship
    • Semifinalists - Chris Collins ('16) Nate Hopkins ('16), and Ben Rathsam ('16)
  • Leroy R. Hassell Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Tournament
    • Second Place - Chris Collins ('16), Nate Hopkins ('16)
    • Semifinalists - Erika Lukenbill ('16) and Whitney Rutherford ('17)
    • Best Oralist - Whitney Rutherford ('17)
    • Third Best Oralist - Erika Lukenbill ('16)
    • Fourth Best Oralist - Chris Collins ('16)
    • Fifth Best Oralist - Nate Hopkins ('16)
  • Health Care Moot Court Competition
    • Best Oralist - Justin Reddington ('16)
  • Liberty Cup 2L/3L Moot Court Tournament
    • Champion - Whitney Rutherford ('17)
    • Runner-up - Nathan Hopkins ('16)
    • Best Brief - Robin Jenkins ('16)

See other Moot Court Awards and Honors

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