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Moot Court Board

The Roger Williams School of Law Moot Court Board is a student-run organization dedicated to developing and promoting exceptional appellate advocacy skills. Moot Court therefore presents numerous opportunities for Board members to develop and hone their appellate advocacy skills. For instance, many Board members participate in national, interschool appellate advocacy competitions, which require appellate brief writing and oral argument.

Additionally, the Board strives to bring the world of appellate advocacy to its fellow law students. In the past, Moot Court has hosted guest speakers, lecture series, and sponsored visits to local courts to observe oral arguments. Also within the law school, the Board runs the newly-created One-L Moot Court Competition, which gives first year students the chance to develop their advocacy skills before participating in the official Moot Court Competition the following semester. The Board is consistently developing its outreach program to take advantage of the Law School’s close connection with the local appellate advocacy bar.

Most notably, Moot Court organizes and administers the annual Esther Clark Moot Court Competition. This prestigious Competition is the means by which prospective Board members are chosen. Second-year students enter the competition by completing an appellate brief on a legal issue designed by the Moot Court Board, and then compete against one another in a series of oral arguments. The final students argue at the Rhode Island Supreme Court, before the Court itself.

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Sponsored by CourtCall, an award of $250.00 is available for two (2) 3L law students. The award recipients will be selected by the Moot Court Faculty Advisor(s). Applicants will be judged based on the following criteria: participation in external competitions, overall competition scores, dedication to legal advocacy as demonstrated through Moot Court involvement and experiential learning, writing skills as demonstrated by award(s) for Best Brief, and cumulative GPA.

Interested students should submit a written statement addressing the criteria mentioned above and their Moot Court involvement to Angelyne Cooper-Bailey, Moot Court Advisor, at by March 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by April 15, 2017.