Upperclassmen who missed out on the chance to join the Barristers’ Council Appellate Advocacy Division, commonly known as the Moot Court team, during last spring’s Beaudry Competition will have another opportunity to join during the Leahy Competition.
During the William E. Leahy Competition, participants will write a brief based on a fictional case created by the Appellate Advocacy Division. According to Leahy Competition Director Andrew Shindi, the case usually presents two questions of Constitutional law, and is often inspired by a case pending before the Supreme Court.
Students will also prepare and present oral arguments on their side of the issue before a panel of student judges. If they advance to the final around, arguments will be presented before a panel of federal judges, practitioners, and Georgetown Law faculty. Students who advance far enough in the competition will make the team. The competition packet will be released on October 2, whereupon participants will have ten days to complete their briefs. Rounds start on October 15 and culminate in a semifinal, in the Supreme Court Institute Moot Courtroom, on October 25 at 10am. The final round takes place on October 27, in Hart Auditorium, at 8pm. The semifinal and final are open to the public.
The Moot Court Team participates in various competitions throughout the year. In recent years, Moot Court Team members have participated in dozens of competitions nationwide, including a win at the 2013 Manfred Lachs Space Law International Moot Court Competition, which took place in Beijing. According to the University of Houston’s law school moot court rankings, Georgetown placed second, behind Florida Coastal School of Law.
Registration for Leahy is open from September 28 through October 2, and is open to all 2Ls, 3Ls, 2Es, 3Es and 4Es. Students can go register just outside the Chapel on the first floor of McDonough Hall. There is a $30 registration fee. Interested students can also attend and information and training session ahead of registration, on September 23 at 3:30pm in McDonough 206.