2017 Corporate Counsel Conference



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22nd Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition

The Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition brings together over 30 teams of law students from the nation’s top law schools to argue a case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. This year the competition will take place at the InterContinental Miami Hotel in Miami, FL during the Corporate Counsel Conference.

The HNBA has set aside a block of rooms for students at a reduced rate. Please contact Michelle C. Avelino, HNBA Program & Administrative Coordinator, at support@hnba.com for instructions on how to reserve a room at the student rate.



Moot Court Registration Has Closed.



Current Schedule as of 10/20/16. Subject to change.

Thursday, March 30

8:00 am – 9:00 am Moot Court Orientation
10:00 am – 11:15 am 1st Preliminary Round
11:35 am – 12:50 pm 1st Preliminary Round
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm 2nd Preliminary Round
3:35 pm – 4:50 pm 2nd Preliminary Round

Friday, March 31

9:00 am – 10:15 am Quarter Final Round
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Quarter Final Round

Saturday, April 1

9:00 am – 10:15 am Semi Final Round
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Final Round




New Brief Filing Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:59p.m. EST


**The briefs are to be submitted electronically to support@hnba.com by 11:59 PM EST on February 10, 2017. Each team must submit the original version (with signatures and other identifying information on the cover) and one clean brief (with no identifying information). The briefs should be submitted as PDFs.

Please be sure to check periodically for updates.



1/13/17 A clarification has been requested on the following questions:

  1. What is the difference between “using” and “relying on” documents of the actual parties and the amici?
  1.  With respect to #8, are the teams allowed to “use” any briefs and/or pleadings filed with any trial or appellate court by the actual parties or amiciin the moot court problem so long as the teams do not “rely on​” them? In other words, are we allowed to read,  or otherwise use, the documents cited in #8?


I refer you “Section D, BRIEFS, No. 2” which provides in part that

By signing and submitting the original brief . . . team members [certify they] have not obtained, accessed, or viewed the briefs or pleadings of actual parties or amici on which the moot court problem may be based; and . . . have not obtained, accessed, or viewed any verbatim report or other document containing oral arguments cited in the moot court problem.”

Therefore, teams may not “use” (i.e. avail oneself of) or “rely” (i.e. depend on) the briefs, pleadings or oral arguments in preparing and submitting.

1/13/17 A clarification has been requested in regards to the release and posting of previous winning briefs.


The HNBA has never released nor posted winning briefs from past competitions and will continue not to do so.

1/13/17 A clarification has been requested on whether competitors will be provided a list of cases to use for briefs and whether this is an open or closed universe.


The only cases that students should use are those already cited in the material; i.e. this is a closed universe.  It is now Open Universe.

1/23/17  A clarification has been requested on whether in the brief competitors may use cases mentioned, referred, and cited to in the cases provided in the case material.


Cases mentioned, referred and cited in the cases provided may be used.

1/25/17 A clarification has been requested on whether if there was a rule on using unreported cases in the HNBA Brief.


If a case is cited in the cases cited, it may be used, whether reported or not.

2/2/17 A clarification has been requested regarding third-party proofreading for briefs.


Rule D(2) states: “By signing and submitting the original brief . . . each team member certifies that , , , the brief . . . represents the work product of team members only.” Moreover, Rule J(1) states: “Teams may not receive any outside assistance from faculty or members of the bar in preparing their brief. The brief must be the sole work product of team members.”

2/9/17 A clarification has been requested in regards to citing to the United States Sentencing Guidelines and its commentary, can teams use the form exemplified in the Sentencing Manual.


Rule D(6) provides that “citations must conform to the most recent edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, published by the Harvard Law Review Association.” Even though The Bluebook does not present all short form citations, participants are expected to follow its rules and guidance.


2/9/17 A clarification has been requested in regards to the signature requirement in the HNBA Moot Court Competition Rules. Do the team members need to hand-write their signatures and copy them onto the brief or will a cursive font suffice. Also, do the signatures need to be on the title page, certificate of service, or both. Finally, may the students use electronic signatures on the cover page of the original brief.


Rule D(7) provides that “team members’ names and the name of their law school shall appear solely on the original brief in the lower right hand corner of the cover, and shall include the signature of each team member.” Participants must hand-write their signature on the cover page only.