Moot Court Board

The Moot Court Board at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law organizes and oversees more than 20 moot court competitions each year.

Through the use of simulated appellate court and trial court, moot court strengthens students’ skills in oral advocacy and brief writing — skills that are arguably the most critical to an aspiring attorney’s success.

The moot court method of teaching requires students to prepare and argue both sides of a hypothetical legal issue in front of a panel of judges. The judges fire questions at the students to test their ability to respond under pressure and maintain their position in both law and fact.

The Moot Court Board at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law organizes and oversees more than 20 moot court competitions each year.

Students compete in two prestigious internal competitions in addition to external competitions across the country and abroad.

Brandeis Law remains very proud of its excellent moot court teams and looks forward to continuing their success for years to come. Please consider donating to support these teams. Your funding helps cover competition travel costs as well as networking events.

Internal competitions

The Moot Court Board’s annual Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition was established in the early 1960s and brings members of Kentucky’s judiciary, distinguished alumni and Moot Court Board supporters back to the law school each year. Champions of the Pirtle-Washer Competition are awarded $1,000 and their name is engraved alongside the names of more than 40 years of Pirtle-Washer champions in the lobby of the law school.

Additionally, the First-Year Oral Advocacy Competition provides first-year students a special opportunity to practice their oral advocacy skills before panels of U.S. Court of Appeals judges and Kentucky Appellate, Circuit and District Court judges. The champion receives both a monetary award and recognition at the annual Brandeis School of Law awards ceremony.

External competitions

Faculty advisors and Louisville attorneys work closely with students competing in external competitions across the country. In 2016, the Brandeis Law labor and employment moot court team brought home the national championship at the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition.

See below for a listing of 2016-2017 teams and competitions.

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
November 2016
Students: Daniel Graham, Andy Hagerman, Joshua Stearns, Richard Whetstone
Faculty advisor: Sam Marcosson
Results: Both teams made it to quarter-final round, the only school in the region to accomplish that. One team, Hagerman and Whetstone, had one of the top three brief scores. Their quarter-final round ended in exact tie, but they lost in the tie-breaker.  The other team, Stearns and Graham, also advanced to quarters and lost in a close round.

Intrastate Mock Trial Competition
November 2016
Students: Jasmine Chenault, Monika Mudd, Ryan Russell, Georgia Turner
Faculty advisor: JoAnne Sweeny
Results: Turner and Chenault placed second.

ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition
January 2017
Students: Chelsea Dermody, Spencer Probst, Matthew Purdom, Brenon Russell, Maria Tipton
Faculty advisor: Ariana Levinson

American College of Trial Lawyers’ Regional Trial Competition
February 2017
Students: Justin Brezosky, Jasmine Chenault, Georgia Turner, Joey Wilkerson
Results: Turner and Chenault named regional semi-finalists.

ABA Client Counseling Competition
February 2017
Students: Kristen Barrow, Katherine Tapp
Faculty advisor: Laura Rothstein
Results: Eliminated in preliminary round

Florida Bar National Tax Moot Court Competition
February 2017
Students: Nic Evans, Joshua Stearns
Faculty advisor: Tom Blackburn
Results: Eliminated in quarterfinal round

National Immigration Law Competition
February 2017
Students: Brandon Girdley, Abigail Lewis
Faculty advisor: Enid Trucios-Haynes

Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (trademark law)
February-March 2017
Students: Matthew Bosch, Rachel Burnside, Paul Steven Harris, Sara E. Price, James Shockley, Christopher Wolfe
Faculty advisor: John Cross
Results: TBD

American Intellectual Property Law Association Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition
March-April 2017
Students: Jonathan Max Allen, Christopher Stopper
Faculty advisor: Lars Smith
Results: TBD

Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition
March-April 2017
Students: Chase Cunningham, Taylor Richard
Faculty advisor: Manning Warren
Results: TBD

Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition
March 2017
Students: Bryan Mercke, Marianna Michael, Kellie Money
Faculty advisor: Ariana Levinson
Results: Seeded third in top 16.

Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition
April 2017
Students: Ali Besik, Katherine Faith
Faculty advisor: Luke Milligan
Results: TBD