Moot Court Competition: Volunteer Judges
The 16th Annual Williams Institute Moot Court Competition, Preliminary Rounds
Saturday, March 21, 2020
UCLA School of Law
The Williams Institute is seeking attorneys and sitting judges to judge the only national competition dedicated exclusively to the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity law. Now in its 16th year, the competition provides an opportunity for competitors to write an appellate brief on a current legal topic and to argue the case before a panel of judges.
Judges will evaluate the performance of oral advocates to determine which teams will advance to the final round. All attorneys, sitting judges, and law school graduates are welcome to participate as judges.
Judges may receive 1 hour of free CLE credit for attending an optional educational session before the competition begins. Presenters will cover the legal issues raised by the problem. All judges will also be offered a complimentary ticket to the Williams Institute’s Annual Update Gala Reception in April 2020.
The competition will take place at UCLA School of Law on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Over 30 teams from across the country will compete before panels of three to four judges in preliminary, quarterfinal, and semifinal rounds.
Description of Judges’ Participation
Volunteer judges will receive student briefs for review before the competition, as well as materials we have prepared for you, including sample questions and summaries of the key cases and arguments. You will not be expected to grade student briefs, although your comments to the students will be welcome.
This sample score sheet is intended to provide guidance as to the scoring criteria for the oral rounds of competition. The Executive Board reserves the right to modify the score sheets.
Breakfast, lunch and parking will be provided on the day of the competition. Judges will be responsible for their own transportation to the event.
If you are interested in participating in this year’s competition, please RSVP online and indicate whether you can judge the morning or afternoon rounds, or both. Please also feel encouraged to forward this information on to friends or colleagues who may be interested in participating in judging the competition.
If you have any questions, please email the Executive Board at WilliamsMootCourt@law.ucla.edu.
UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. By attending this event, you may earn Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit in the amount of up to 1.0 hour of Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society credit.