HCMP 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition

2015 HCMP 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition Final Rounds!

Results of each round will be posted HERE after they have been calculated.

Students, staff, faculty, family, and friends are invited to attend the final rounds of the HCMP 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition, as well as the awards reception to follow. Our field of competitors has been narrowed down from 73 teams to our six finalists over the course of four well argued evenings.

All final rounds will begin on Monday the 18th at 6:30 pm. The details for each of our three final rounds can be found below, including the names of the competitors and the final round judges.

Jack R. MacDonald Classroom (Room 127)

Arguing for the Petitioner: Hathaway Burden & Raz Barnea
Arguing for the Respondent: Asti Gallina & Ben Robbins

    - Nicholas Brown, General Counsel to Governor Jay Inslee
    - Tom Hillier, Federal Public Defender (Retired), Western District of Washington
    - Louis D. Peterson, Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, P.S.
    - The Honorable Catherine Schaffer, King County Superior Court
    - The Honorable Michael J. Trickey, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1

Toni C. Rembe Appellate Courtroom (Room 133)

Arguing for the Petitioner: Eric Franz & Sawyer Margett
Arguing for the Respondent: Melissa Verrilli & Caesar Kalinowski

    - The Honorable Mary Kay Becker, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1
    - Michael R. Scott, Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, P.S.
    - The Honorable Tanya L. Thorp, King County Superior Court
    - Robert Westinghouse, Yarmuth Wilsdon, PLLC
    - James (Jim) Whisman, Supervising Attorney, Appellate Unit, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

Warren G. Magnuson & Henry M. Jackson Trial Courtroom (Room 138)

Arguing for the Petitioner: Matthew Gross & Steven McKevett
Arguing for the Respondent: Kaleigh Boyd & Carolyn White

    - The Honorable J. Richard Creatura, United States District Court, Western District of Washington
    - Jeffrey M. Feldman, Summit Law Group and Law Lecturer, University of Washington
    - Annette Hayes, Acting United States Attorney, Western District of Washington
    - The Honorable C. Kimi Kondo, Presiding Judge, Seattle Municipal Court
    - Amit Ranade, Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, P.S.

Thank you to all the students, faculty, and practitioners who have committed their time and effort to ensure the event is a success! We hope to see you at the final rounds.

The Moot Court Honor Board

Any questions should be sent to: 2015hcmp1lappellate@gmail.com

Details about the competition, podcasts, and other materials from the training sessions are available below.

2015 Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition 
May 11–18, 2015

Competition Committee: 
Spencer Gall
Brennen Johnson
Tomer Vandsburger

The Moot Court Honor Board is proud to announce the 2015 Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition. Participants will write a brief and present an oral argument with a teammate, advancing past the preliminary rounds based on accumulated points. Five participants in the competition will receive invitations to joint Moot Court Honor Board and all participants will receive points for use in application to the Moot Court Honor Board through cumulative selection.

 The competition problem and competition rules are available for download at the bottom of this page.

Training Sessions:
Podcasts of training sessions are located here.

April 8 - General Information Session - 12:30 to 1:20 in Room 138, lunch provided.
The April 8 Prezi presentation is here.
April 15 - Training 1: Brief Writing Tips - 12:30 to 1:20 in Room 138.
The April 15th Powerpoint presentation is available here.
April 23 - Citation Training - presented by Jessica Erickson, Legal Writing Fellow - 12:30 to 1:20 in Room 133.
The April 23rd Powerpoint presentation and Citation Reference Sheet are available here. Podcast is here.
April 29 - Training 2: Oral Advocacy Skills - 12:30 to 1:20 in Room 138.
The April 29th Powerpoint presentation is available here.
May 4, 5, 7, and 8 - Practice Oral Rounds hosted by MCHB
May 6 - Training 3: Addressing Bias in the Courtroom / Competitions - 12:30 to 1:20 in Room 138, lunch provided.

Sample SCOTUS and Student Briefs:

Sample SCOTUS briefs can be downloaded here. Additionally, samples of student briefs from previous MCHB competitions are available for review in the MCHB office.  Feel free to stop by during office hours to view them.  Note: Student briefs must stay in the MCHB office, so all review must be done on-site.

Due Date for Brief Submissions:

May 1 at 5pm - 3 copies of your brief, with appropriately colored cover pages, must be turned in by 5:00 pm.  Penalties will be assessed against any submissions not received by 5:00 pm.

Competition Schedule - All arguments begin at 6:30 pm:
May 11-12 - Preliminary Rounds 

May 12 - Bracket Announcement Reception - All preliminary round scores will be released, and the teams advancing to elimination rounds will be announced. Food and beverage will be provided. The reception will begin shortly after rounds conclude.

May 13 - Quarterfinals

May 14 - Semi-finals

May 18 - Final Rounds - The final round of arguments will be judged by prestigious panels including sitting judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. An Awards Reception for participants, judges, and attendees will follow the conclusion of the final rounds.

Please contact any of the committee members listed above if you have questions about the competition. Additionally, if you are unsure about credits for competitions, rules, the MCHB selection process, or anything else, feel free to stop by during the following office hours. These hours will continue through the completion of the competition in mid-May:

Monday and Wednesday: 12:30 to 1:30, 3:30 to 5:00
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00 to 5:00
Friday: 10:30 to 1:30, 3:30 to 5:00


Click HERE to access audio and video of the GOLD LADDER CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND from this competition.

Championship Round Results:

Gold Ladder

Champions: Spencer Gall & Andrew S. Fuller

Finalists: Maddie Haller & Courtney Schirr 

Purple Ladder

Champions: Weston LeMay & Tomer Vandsburger

Finalists: Maria Hoisington & Taylor Sproed

Brief Awards:

Best Brief: James Feldman & Brooks Lindsay

Second Place Brief: Maria Hoisington & Taylor Sproed

Third Place Brief: Weston LeMay and Tomer Vandsburger

Speaker Awards:

Gold Ladder

Best Speaker: Spencer Gall

Second Place Speaker: Courtney Schirr

Third Place Speaker: Andrew S. Fuller

Purple Ladder

Best Speaker: Weston LeMay

Second Place Speaker: Tomer Vandsburger

Third Place Speaker: Thomas Miller

Thank you so much to all of our competitors--and our sponsor, Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson--for a great competition!