Thank you for your interest in judging our moot court competition. Your service as a visiting judge is extraordinary valuable to today's students. Fall rounds will begin on Wednesday, October 23, and run through Saturday, November 9. Find the complete schedule of arguments below.
We are pleased to announce that this year, for the first time, we are offering continuing legal education ("CLE") credit in connection with the Moot Court competition. While Indiana CLE credit is not available for moot court judging itself, we will present a free program certified in Indiana for 1.5 hours of credit (1.0 hours of Ethics), on the first two Friday evenings of the Competition: October 25 and November 1, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., immediately before the first round of arguments those evenings. The first hour of the program will address the ethics of appellate advocacy. The last half-hour (6:30 - 7:00 p.m.) will be a discussion of the substantive topics of this year's Moot Court competition and the legal issues posed by the case problem. (The course is open to any attorney or member of the public, not just those serving as judges those evenings.)
Each complete argument, including judges' scoring and comments, lasts for one hour, with three to four hours of argument scheduled each evening and Saturday. [Please note that the tentative schedule below is subject to change before Labor Day; if you have signed up to judge before that date, we will notify you promptly of any subsequent changes to the schedule.]
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3|
|Wednesday, October 23, 6-10 p.m.||Wednesday, October 30, 6-10 p.m.||Wednesday, November 6, 6-10 p.m.|
|Thursday, October 24, 6-10 p.m.||Thursday, October 31, 6-10 p.m.||Thursday, November 7, 6-10 p.m.|
|Friday, October 25, 5:30-10 p.m.*||Friday, November 1, 5:30-10 p.m.*||Friday, November 8, 6-10 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 26, 1-5 p.m.||Saturday, November 2, 1-5 p.m.||Saturday, November 9, 1-5 p.m.|
*Denotes oral argument dates that include an optional CLE-credit training session
Thanks so much for your interest in judging. To select a date and time to judge, please e-mail us at email@example.com; use our online registration form; or call one of our Executive Judge Coordinators: David Frazee at (210) 859-9438, Katie Rowe at (630) 362-8423, or Jon Turpin at (937) 581-0362. We will respond to your contact within two business days.
As a Judge, not only do you get to meet distinguished legal professionals and alumni from around the country, but you also will have an influential role on young law students and soon-to-be graduates. The duties of a judge are serving as a member of a three to four person panel for student oral arguments. Students will present opposing sides in a case heard before a fictional federal circuit court of appeals. Judges listen to the arguments and pose questions to test the strength of the student's logic. Some questions may help students in articulating an argument, and other questions may challenge application to a new fact pattern.
After competitors have presented, judges will evaluate the competitors' performance and have an opportunity for informal discussion with students to provide them feedback. You will not read the actual briefs written by the competitors, but you will be given a "bench memo" written by the Moot Court Board to help acquaint you with the issues.
Weekday Fall Round oral arguments begin at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday oral arguments begin at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Judges will evaluate the competitors' performance and have an opportunity for informal discussion with students after each round. Each student argues for fifteen minutes; a complete session, including judges' comments, takes about 1 hour. Judges are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before each session.
We appreciate any time you can offer to judge the competition. It is extremely helpful to have judges stay for multiple sessions on a given day. Many judges have found early rounds so enjoyable that they did not want to leave. Please consider staying to judge a couple rounds if your schedule allows!
Read the Fall 2013 Problem.
No; we have found that having judges from diverse legal backgrounds greatly enhances our Competition. Whatever your field of practice or experience, your service as a judge will be a tremendous benefit to our students.
Judges are sent a bench brief before oral argument that concisely outlines the current applicable law and suggests questions for each side. While the bench brief, plus the Competition Problem itself, provides all of the information that you will need to judge, Board Members are also available to answer any questions that you might have about the topic or the scope of the issues in advance of arguments.
You may still judge in the Competition if you have worked with or are related to a student participant. However, please provide us with the name of the student, and we will ensure that you are not assigned to judge that particular argument.
Once you contact us to arrange a time, we will send you a confirmation e-mail confirming the date and time of your participation.
Absolutely! We are happy to schedule you to judge with your friends or colleagues. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know with whom you would like to judge.
Parking is available nearby at the Henderson Street Garage (across 3rd Street from the Law School) or Atwater Garage (on Atwater Ave., several blocks east of the law school). Vehicles parked in the lot across from the Law School are subject to ticketing by university parking officials.
Take the elevator or stairs to the "Judges' Reception Room.” We will have signs posted. Please plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes in advance of your round. You may leave coats, briefcases, etc. in the Reception Room during your argument. If you have brought guests who choose not to attend the argument itself, they are welcome to relax and enjoy refreshments in the Reception Room during the arguments as well.
Refreshments will be provided in the Judges’ Reception Room. We encourage you to come enjoy the food and meet members of the Moot Court Board and first year students serving as bailiffs for the competition.
We can help you plan your trip and stay with hotel and travel information.
If you would like help making hotel reservations, or have other questions about your trip to Bloomington, please feel free to contact our Alumni Relation office at (812) 855-9700, or email@example.com.