Moot Court Society

The Quinnipiac Moot Court Society assists students in their development of the research, writing and oral advocacy skills that are essential to effective appellate advocacy.

Each year, the society hosts the Dean Terence H. Benbow Intramural Moot Court Competition for eligible 2L, 3L and 4L students. Competitors research and brief a hypothetical problem and deliver a series of oral arguments before panels of judges. Following the competition, the society's executive board invites competitors who performed well to join the society.

Once in the society, members are afforded ample opportunities to learn how to conduct efficient legal research, draft persuasive appellate briefs and deliver articulate oral arguments through participation in various interscholastic appellate advocacy competitions.

Past competitions have included:

  • American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • NYU Immigration Law Competition
  • Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition
  • Albert R. Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition
  • Florida Bar Tax Section National Tax Moot Court Competition
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo BMI Moot Court Competition
  • John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition
  • Vanderbilt First Amendment Moot Court Competition
  • Dean Jerome Prince Evidence Competition
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition
  • National Health Law Moot Court Competition, co-sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Schools of Law and Medicine

In addition to serving as opportunities for students to develop critical legal skills, the interscholastic competitions also provide Quinnipiac students with the invaluable benefit of competing against and socializing with peers from other excellent law schools around the country.

The society also has assisted 1L students in their preparations for the summary judgment oral arguments that are required as part of the first-year Legal Skills curriculum. Recognizing that practice enhances performance, the Society hosts oral advocacy practice rounds for interested 1L students annually. Additionally, the Society aids local high school students in their preparation for American civics and constitutional competitions.

The Moot Court Society strives to assist students in their development of effective appellate advocacy skills. Even if members do not become appellate advocates in practice, the skills they develop through their participation in the society will benefit them in whatever endeavors they pursue.

Executive Board for 2013-2014
President:  Allison Rago
Vice President:  Jacqueline Sharp
Executive Director of Intramural Competition:  Marina Gagliardi
Executive Financial Director:  Joel Reitz
Executive Editor:  Ryan Budd
Executive Director of Community Affairs:  Karissa Parker
Executive Director of Event Planning:  Katrina Cessna

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