Tampa Bay

What is Moot Court?

Moot court is an activity and competition in which law students participate in the preparation and arguing of appellate cases in front of a panel of judges.  The students are given a case problem, a side to represent, and a set amount of time to prepare for the competition trial.

Moot court members research their given side, write an appellate brief following the rules of the given jurisdiction, and then present their oral arguments in front of the judges.  During their oral arguments, the judges are at liberty to ask questions at any time and the students must respond accordingly; thus, an extensively profound understanding of the facts of the case, their arguments, and their opponents' arguments is essential.

Why participate in Moot Court?

Legal employers love students who have participated in Moot Court because the students have spent many hours perfecting the legal analytical, research, and writing skills that are a must have for practicing attorneys.  Moot Court on a resume lets an employer know that the student has been learning to form and communicate legal arguments for a year or more and if they have already spent a great deal of time in law school on these tasks, the newly hired attorney can hit the ground running without the need for rigorous training.

The Moot Court Board Presents 
The Michaelmas 2014 
Melissa Mitchell Criminal Procedure Competition

Congratulations to the winner of the Melissa Mitchell Competition 

Mark Patterson 

Runner-up Carla Pollara

 For more information, please contact MootCourt-TampaBay@cooley.edu

Michaelmas 2014 Executive Board:
James Klinedinst  - Chair/Chief Justice
Lauren Frieder - Interim Chief Justice
Iris Timm  - Vice Chair
Marshall Berner - Secretary
Alexandria Napolitano - Office Manager
Samantha Bevins - Treasurer
2014 Moot Court Board:
Rick Pena
Loretta Poston
Iris Timm
Marshall Berner
Samantha Bevins
James Klinedinst
Alexandria Napolitano 
Shunta Tidwell
Janelle Wicker
Lauren Frieder