Tuesday, September 15, 2015

October/November: Seattle Mock Trial Judging

"On behalf of the Moot Court Honor Board at the University of Washington School of Law, I would like to invite you to participate as a judge in our two exciting competitions this fall.

Mock Trial and Moot Court Competitions provide an invaluable service to our students in preparing them to be better advocates, and we cannot hold them without you. We welcome attorneys from all practice areas to participate.

For your service as a judge, you receive:

  • · 3 free CLE credits per competition or, 5.5 credits for judging both (conditions apply);*
  • · Detailed instructions on the case and relevant legal points;
  • · Training before the trial;
  • · Free parking;
  • · Dinner;
  • · A chance to help mold the next generation of lawyers; and
  • · MCHB’s heartfelt gratitude!

Register now:

  • CLICK HERE to sign up as a Judge for the 2015 Peterson Wampold Rosato Luna Knopp 2L/3L Mock Trial Competition sponsored by. (Monday, October 19 through Monday, October 26)
  • CLICK HERE to sign up as a Judge for the 2015 1L Mock Trial Competition. (Monday, November 2 through Monday, November 9).

The Mock Trial Competitions are two of five annual in-house competitions hosted by the Moot Court Honor Board to provide students with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with a variety of practical lawyering skills. Students form teams of two and are provided the mock trial problem in advance. Teams must prepare an opening statement, direct examination of two witnesses, cross-examination of two witnesses and closing arguments. The competition features two preliminary rounds and three elimination rounds (quarterfinal, semifinal, and final).

As a judge, you will provide feedback and evaluate the participants’ performance. We will provide you with details regarding the problem and fact pattern in advance of the competition. Judging for a MCHB competition is an opportunity to provide law students with valuable feedback on their trial advocacy skills. Volunteer judges are also invaluable to the continued success of the Moot Court Honor Board and the in-house competition program.

If you are unable to serve as a judge for either of these competitions, but would like to receive invitations to judge future competitions please let us know via the sign-up sheet. Questions regarding the competition can be sent to judges@uw.edu.

Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you at the competitions."

Miriam Ricanne Swedlow
Vice President of Judges
UW Moot Court Honor Board

Each round of competition entails a time commitment of substantive work (training, listening to competition rounds, grading and delivering feedback) of approximately 3 to 3.5 hours. WBSA regulations restrict the number of CLE credits you may receive for judging moot court competitions to 6 CLE credits per three-year reporting period. Note that you will receive 3 credits if you judge one round, but 5.5 if you judge a round in both competitions. This is because pre-competition training counts for .5 credits, but it is identical for both competitions, and so cannot be counted twice.
Moot Court Honor Board at the University of Washington School of Law