Spring Moot Court 2003 by Z1Z6njB


									    Welcome to

USF Moot Court 2010

 Moot Court Board:
     Elisa Cervantes, Executive Director
     Tiffany Danao, Advocacy Director
     Emily Schmidt, Managing Director
     Sally White, Development Director
     Steven Disharoon, Development Director
    Moot Court Faculty Advisors

 Program Coordinator:
  Prof. Edith Ho
    Moot Court Faculty Advisors

 Faculty Advisor:
  Prof. Suzanne Mounts
Moot Court Case Counsel
        Moot Court Case Counsel
 13 Second and Third Year Students Who Excelled
  in First Year Moot Court and Other Advocacy
  Programs Will Assist You Throughout The
 Case Counsel Worked With the LRWA Professors
  and the Board to Research and Develop Each Topic
 A Case Counsel Will Be Assigned to a LRWA
  Section to Coach Them Through Moot Court

   Overview of the Moot Court Program
   Prof. Ho: Good Faith and Recommended Reading
   Schedule of Important Dates
   Case Counsel: Helpful Hints
   Question and Answer Session
   Conclusion
Overview of Moot Court

What do you need to know
  about Moot Court?
        Overview of Moot Court

 Moot Court is an exercise in writing an opposition
  paper and arguing your motion at the trial level.
 Moot Court is NOT Mock Trial!!
 Moot Court is Designed to Replicate the Oral
  Argument of a Motion to a Real or Fictitious Trial
 The Motion Involves Orally Presenting the
  Arguments You’ve Written in Your LRWA
  Memorandum of Points and Authorities or Your
  Opposition Paper, to a Panel of Judges.
          Overview of Moot Court

               What Does This Mean For You?
1.   You will research and write an opposition paper.
2.   Depending on which role you have been assigned, you
     will argue your side before a panel of trial judges.
3.   You will do all of this within a span of
     1 month, which means you must
     effective time management.
           Overview of Moot Court

                    The Emphasis of the
                Moot Court Program is on:
 A well researched and effectively written opposition paper.
 A well rehearsed and effective oral argument.
      Overview of Moot Court

Awards Will Be Given Out at the End
 of Moot Court in Each Topic For:

 Best Opposition Paper
 Best Oral Argument
 Overview of Moot Court

What side am I arguing?
      Overview of Moot Court

       All students are divided
up as either Plaintiffs or Defendants.
          Overview of Moot Court

 Plaintiffs are bringing suit in the trial court. However,
  depending on the nature of the motion, they may or
  may not be the moving party.
        Overview of Moot Court

 Defendants are being sued at the trial level.
  Depending on the nature of the motion, they
  may or may not be the moving party.
        Overview of Moot Court

        Who Is Assigned to be a
        Plaintiff or a Defendant?
 Sometime after the opposition papers have
  been submitted, students will be divided
  within LRWA classes.
                Prof. Edith Ho

 Good Faith Effort Required to Receive Credit For
  Moot Court: Must Turn In Your Opposition
  Paper, Attend Videotaping and Complete Your
  Oral Argument
 Winning an Appeal by Myron Moskovitz
 The Little Book on Oral Argument by Alan
             Moot Court Handbook

Moot Court Handbooks will be
distributed in your mail folders on
Friday, March 5th.

Take time to read the Handbook
before you meet with your Case Counsel
on March 16th.
             First Meeting with
               Case Counsel
 Monday, March 15, 9:00 a.m.: Case Counsel
  and Room Assignments for First Meeting
 Tuesday, March 16, 12:30-1:20 p.m. or
  5:30 – 6:20 p.m.: Students in ALL SECTIONS
  meet with individual Case Counsel to receive
  overview of Moot Court and first assignment.
  Your time for your meeting will be posted along
  with your Case Counsel and room assignments.
         Turn in Opposition Paper

 Monday, March 22: All students turn in
  papers to Case Counsel at individual meeting
     Sections 1 & 2: 12:30 – 1:20 p.m.
     Section 3: 5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.
      Oral Advocacy Workshop

 Tuesday, March 23, 12:30-1:20 p.m.:
     Section 1 Oral Advocacy Workshop
 Wednesday, March 24, 12:30-1:20 p.m.:
     Section 2 Oral Advocacy Workshop
 Wednesday, March 24, 5:30-6:20 p.m.:
     Section 3 Oral Advocacy Workshop
      Videotape Sesssions and Oral

 March 25 – April 1 & April 5 – 9
     45-MinuteVideotaping Session with
     Your Case Counsel
 Monday, April 5, 3:00 p.m.
     Oral Argument Schedule Posted
 Saturday, April 10 & Sunday,
  April 11 Oral Argument Weekend
       Requests for Exceptions

      The Deadline to Submit
    Requests for Exceptions to
    These Mandatory Events is
    Friday, Feb. 19 at 4:00 p.m.
  The request must be in writing.
No guarantees. Very few exceptions.
     Case Counsel Helpful Hints

                James Arcellana
 Do not overdo your folders. Your argument
  should be a conversation, and no
  conversation can flow well when one
  person is paying more attention to
  their papers than to the judges.
      Case Counsel Helpful Hints

              Monica Baranovsky
 Try not to “freak out.” Prepare hard, take
  advantage of all the opportunities to practice
  and refine your arguments, and then
  on the day of, just “go with it,” know
  that you did your best, and have fun.
     Case Counsel Helpful Hints

               Lisa D’Annunzio
 The appearance of confidence goes a long
  way. Remain calm and poised during your
  argument and maintain good eye
  contact with the judges
        Case Counsel Helpful Hints

                    Eve Finstein
 Judges love to ask a leading yes or no question
  designed to back you into a corner. Don’t be
  afraid to answer this type of question directly.
  Remaining committed to your final point,
  rather than concerned the judge will be
  able to disprove it, will make it difficult
  to back you into a corner
      Case Counsel Helpful Hints

                Carl Hammarskjold
 When a judge asks you a question, don't
  treat it like an interruption that you just need
  to get past. Treat the question as an
  invitation to talk about something that the
  judge cares about.
      Case Counsel Helpful Hints

                  Devin Kinyon
 Try to separate the LRW final from your oral
  argument in your mind. Let go of your LRW
  final so that you can enjoy and learn
  from the Moot Court experience,
  which focuses on a different skill
      Case Counsel Helpful Hints

               K.C. Meckfessel
 Find your personal style by observing others.
      Case Counsel Helpful Hints

                Michael Pasternak
 Try to practice your oral argument multiple
  times-it's hard to imagine how it will be
  making these arguments until you
  actually start saying them out loud.
      Case Counsel Helpful Hints

                  Rachel Perez
 After listening to the judge's question, take a
  brief moment to pause, think and
  formulate your answer. Don't feel
  anxious about answering the
  judge's question right away.
      Case Counsel Helpful Hints

               Jonathan Shugart
 Be sure to eat a healthy breakfast.
      Case Counsel Helpful Hints

                 Giselle Sotelo
 Know your case inside out so you won't be
  caught off guard. The more you
  prepare, the more confident you'll
  feel going into arguments.
      Case Counsel Helpful Hints

                 Achal Srinath
 Try to give the judge a reason to care about
  what you are saying. Frame the
  issue as one of importance.
  Make them understand the
  consequences of their decision.
     Case Counsel Helpful Hints

                   Jaime Walter
 Don't memorize your argument but do
  memorize your intro. Making eye contact
  during the first 20 seconds is critical
  and will impress the judges. Also,
  make sure you inject some passion
  into your intro; sound excited to be up
Questions About Moot Court

          Contact Information

 Moot Court Office:
  KN 112
 Phone Number:
  (415) 422-5118

 Email: usfmootcourt@gmail.com
 Website: www.usfca.edu/org/mootcourt/
      10 Steps to Moot Court Success

(1)   Meet Case Counsel and get assignment
(2)   Write opposition paper
(3)   Turn in opposition paper
(4)   Attend Oral Advocacy Workshop
(5)   Practice argument in front of
      a mirror
   10 Steps to Moot Court Success

(6) Videotape argument
(7) Practice argument
(8) Pick up suit at dry cleaners
(9) Practice argument in front
    of your friends
(10) Make argument to judges

 Work Hard During Moot Court: What You
  Get Out of Your Experience Will be in
  Direct Proportion to What You Put Into It
 Most of All: HAVE FUN!!!

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