Appellate Advocacy Division
The Appellate Advocacy division of the Barristers' Council runs the Law Center's moot court program, which includes two Georgetown Law competitions each year. The Council is also the proud host of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition, a unique interscholastic moot court competition that deals with emerging international law and space law issues.
Joining the Appellate Advocacy Division
To qualify, students must participate in either the Leahy Competition (held in the fall) or in the Beaudry Competition (held in the spring). The Leahy Competition is held in conjunction with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Division and is open to Georgetown Law LL.M. and upper-class J.D. students. The Beaudry Competition is open to all non-graduating J.D. students. Competitors must write an appellate brief based on a closed packet and then argue their case in front of a panel of judges. Finalists argue before a panel of prominent local and federal judges. Those who advance to a certain level are invited to join the Barristers' Council and to represent Georgetown Law on one of its interscholastic Moot Court teams.
2014 Leahy Competition:
Registration Week: Monday, October 6 - Friday, October 10 (at the Chapel tables on the 1st floor of McDonough).
Packet Release Date: Friday, October 10 at 6 p.m.
Packet Due Date: Sunday, October 19.
Preliminary Rounds: Thursday, October 23 - Saturday, October 25.
Semi-final Round: Sunday, October 26.
Final Round: Monday, October 27, 8 p.m. in Hart Auditorium.
Registration Information for the 2015 Beaudry Competition:
For more information on the Appellate Advocacy Division, please contact the Managing Director, Harris Davidson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
D.C. Cup Competition: Logan Dwyer ('15) and Daniel Douglas ('15) reached the semifinal round of the D.C. Cup Competition, a tournament sponsored by the D.C. Bar Association for Washington-area law schools.
Manfred Lachs Space Law International Moot Court Competition: Amanda Krause ('14), Adam Wesolowski ('13), and Zach Garthe ('13) won the 2013 Manfred Lachs Space Law International Moot Court Competition in Beijing, China in October 2013. The team also won best brief and Adam Wesolowski was named best oralist. This year's team of Joshua Forman ('15) and Brad Powell ('15) made it to the semifinals of the North American Regional Competition, where they also garnered the best brief award.
National Moot Court Competition: T.J. McCarrick ('15) and Isaiah Peterson ('15) represented Georgetown in the New York Bar Association's National Moot Court Competition, the oldest moot court competition in teh country. The team placed 2nd at the Baltimore Regional round of competition, earning the team a spot to compete at nationals. T.J. McCarrick also won best oral advocate for the entire competition and final round.
Sutherland Cup Competition: Sam Kramer ('15) and Daniel Douglas ('15) reached the semifinal round in the Sutherland Cup Competition, where competitors brief and argue issues of Constitutional law. Sam Kramer also won best advocate for the competition.
National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition: Alicia Chambers ('14) and Joseph Knowles ('15) represented Georgetown in the Veterans Moot Court Competition in the fall, advancing to the semifinal round.
Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Competition: Michael Nelson ('14) and Will Chamberlain('15) reached the semifinal round of the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Competition, an intellectual property law tournament.
Williams Institute Moot Court Competition: represented by James Romoser ('14) and Jen Goldstein ('15), Georgetown was victorious in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition.
National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition: Sponsored by George Washington University Law School, Caitlin Munley ('14) and Nick Silverman ('14) advanced to the semifinal rounds.
ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition: Tyler Clemons ('15) and Carmen Green ('14) became national moot court champions in teh ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition, the largest moot court tournament in the country. Undefeated through the first 10 rounds, Tyler and Carmen defeated last year's national champion, Texas Tech, in the championship round before a panel of seven federal district court judges from the Northern District of Illinois. In a clean sweep, Tyler and Carmen also won the first place and second place speaker awards in a field of 202 teams and more than 400 individual participants.
GW National Security Competition: Ryan Sellinger ('15) and Chris Chamberlain ('15) placed 2nd, arguing a hypothetical case based on the Edward Snowden NSA leak.
Vanderbilt National First Amendment Moot Court Competition: Georgetown placed 2nd in the Vanderbilt National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, represented by Danielle Scoliere ('15) and Sean Quinn ('15)