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2018 Corporate Counsel Conference

MOOT COURT COMPETITION

23RD ANNUAL UVALDO HERRERA NATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION

Register for Moot Court 2016

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 Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel in San Francisco, CA, during the Corporate Counsel Conference.

Questions? 
Please contact Carla Martin, HNBA Director of Administration & Management, at cmartin@hnba.com


TEAM REGISTRATION

*REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED!

All team members must be members of the HNBA and the HNBA Law Student Division in order to compete in the HNBA’s Moot Court Competition. If you are not a member, please click here to sign up.

The cost to participate in the Moot Court Competition is $650 for a team of up to four individuals (including a coach/advisor). The team registration includes access to the Moot Court Competition and Gala ONLY. Plenaries, receptions, and other evening activities are not included in the standard Moot Court Competition team registration. If individual team members wish to attend all other Conference-related events, each team member must purchase a Moot Court Team Plus Registration ($500 per person).


SCHEDULE

Current schedule as of 11/03/17. Subject to change.

Thursday, March 15

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 16

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

Saturday, March 17

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

 


MOOT COURT MATERIALS


DEADLINES

Deadline for Submission of Competitors’ Briefs:
Friday, January 19, 2018 by 11:59 PM EST


CLARIFICATIONS

 

QUESTION

For purposes of brief scoring, does changing the order of the two arguments lower the score? In order words, starting the brief with artistic expression and then talking about the free exercise clause hurt the brief scoring?

ANSWER:
As a general rule, the order of the arguments is not, in and of itself, a determinative factor in the scoring.

QUESTION

Rule D.4 states that briefs must be bound or fastened with staples. This gives me the impression that we must submit a physical copy of the brief; however, D.7 and E.1 only mention electronic filing. Are we supposed to submit a physical copy or just the two electronic copies mentioned in the rules?

ANSWER:
Please disregard the last sentence of Rule D.4 to the extent it implies paper copies are to be submitted. Only electronic copies are required.

QUESTION
“Should these [Section J] rules be construed as prohibiting any and all outside discussion of the moot court problem? E.g., discussing the legal analysis with a law school friend not in the competition? Or do they instead only limit requesting assistance with written work? E.g., asking that friend to look at written legal analysis in a brief?” 

ANSWER:
With respect to the instant Dispute/Clarification, the HNBA Moot Court Rules and Procedures (“Rules”) appear clear on their prohibition of any outside consultation or discussion by the Team members in preparing their briefs. On Section D, Subdivision 2, the Rules specify that by signing and submitting their Briefs, the Team “certifies…THAT IT REPRESENTS THE WORK PRODUCT OF TEAM MEMBERS ONLY (SEE SECTION J BELOW);” Section J, Subsection 1, provides in pertinent part that “Teams may not receive any assistance from anyone, including faculty or other members of the bar, in preparing their brief. The brief must be the sole work product of team members.” Based on these Rules, the DSB concludes that they prohibit any outside discussion of the Moot Court problem and the briefs prior to submission; neither of the two suggested scenarios are permitted.

However, it should be also noted that “nothing shall prohibit faculty and members of the bar from critiquing a Team’s practice oral argument after the Team has submitted its brief and before commencement of the Competition.” Thus, the Rules do not prohibit Team members from receiving assistance and practicing their oral arguments in front of faculty, attorneys or their law school friends following their submissions in preparation for the Moot Court Competition.

QUESTION

Under Rule D8 and D9, it says that team members may not rely on any briefs and/or pleadings filed by actual parties or amici. Does that mean that the team members may READ the briefs and pleadings but cannot cite to them? Or does that mean that we cannot even access and review these briefs and pleadings? 

ANSWER:
They may absolutely NOT access, read or review those briefs and pleadings.

QUESTION

Per the rules, the students cannot receive any outside assistance in preparing the brief. May we hold one or two generic brief writing training sessions for the potential team? If coaches use only generic information and teaching for their moot court competitors and would not assist, in any way, with the specifics of their competition brief, is that permitted?

ANSWER:
Generic brief writing session is fine before the team starts to write briefs, but they may not proofread or edit any actual briefs.