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Moot Court Competition Teams

Western New England University School of Law offers numerous opportunities for students to hone their professional lawyering skills through legal competitions. Through various inter-law school and intramural moot court teams students have ample opportunity to add valuable experiences to their law school education.

TEAMS FROM WESTERN NEW ENGLAND HAVE DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES IN REGIONAL AND NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

Moot Court Teams

  • Our Moot Court Teams

    Students try out for moot court teams in order to perfect their research, writing, and oral advocacy skills and gain confidence and experience presenting a case in court. This valuable educational experience offers excellent preparation for stepping into a career. Team members fine-tune research, writing, and oral advocacy skills; learn to work as a team; and perform under pressure.

  • Student Testimonial

    “Negotiation team was one of the most enjoyable and meaningful experiences I had in law school.  As both a competitor and student coach on the team, I developed valuable practical lawyering skills that I will carry with me into real world practice.  I really enjoyed the collaborative and collegial atmosphere created by the coaches and competitors at practice.  Above all, we were a team, and each of us was dedicated to ensuring the success of our teammates.”Sandra San Emeterio

AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition

The Western New England University School of Law Trial Team holds tryouts early in the fall semester. Four students are chosen for one competing team that enters the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition. There is no writing component to the competition. Tryouts and the competition consist of mock jury trials, including opening statements, direct and cross examinations of witnesses, and closing arguments. More information about the Student Advocacy Trial Competition can be found on the American Association for Justice website.

Coach: John Stewart - Attorney Stewart is an alum of Western New England University School of Law and a local Springfield attorney who has practiced litigation for over 35 years.

To Qualify: Must be a full-time 2L or part-time 3L.

Commitment: Two years – the first year you will assist the team in preparing for the competition; the second year you will select the new members and compete in the competition

Course Credit: First year you will receive 2 credits in the spring semester which satisfies 2 experiential learning credits. Second year, as a competing member, you will receive 1 credit in the fall semester and 2 credits in the spring semester which satisfies 3 experiential learning credits.

Grading: Pass/Fail

Appellate Moot Court Teams

The law school sponsors a number of appellate moot court teams each year. These teams have included:

Each of these competitions requires writing an appellate brief and then traveling to the competition and engaging in a series of competitive oral arguments. Our teams have performed extremely well in these competitions, winning awards for best oral advocate and best brief as well as national championships. 
  
Questions about the individual moot court teams may be addressed to one of the appellate team faculty advisors:  

First Amendment: Professor Lantagne

National Moot Court: Professor Scoles

Rendigs Products LiabilityProfessor Steiner

National Environmental Moot CourtProfessor Steiner

National Veterans Law Moot Court: Professor Statchen

ABA Negotiation Competition

Selected students participate in the ABA Negotiation Competition which simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal and factual problems against another team of students. The simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side. All of the simulations deal with the same general area of the law, but the negotiation situation varies with each round and level of the competition.

For more information, please contact:
Professor Reich-Graefe, Room 201, at rene.reich-graefe@law.wne.edu or 413-782-1451.
 

 

ABA Tax Challenge

An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, the Law Student ABA Tax Challenge asks two-person teams of students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice. Students interested in enrolling in the ABA Tax Challenge are required to enroll concurrently in the Federal Income Tax Simulation course.

For more information, please contact:

Professor Fred Royal at froyal@law.wne.edu or 413-782-1422.

National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition

First organized in 2009, the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition (NVLMCC) is sponsored annually by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association, and the George Washington University Law School (GW Law). The NVLMCC is the nation’s premier moot court focusing on veterans law. Hosted close to Veterans Day each fall in Washington, DC, the NVLMCC brings together teams of two students from around the country to argue cutting-edge veterans law issues before panels of distinguished practitioners and judges. The NVLMCC prides itself on the authenticity of the problems and the quality of its judges. The record on appeal and the documents included look like what would be found in a real veterans law case. The judges for the briefs and the oral arguments are drawn from the ranks of experienced veterans law practitioners. In particular, the final round of each NVLMCC is typically presided over by a panel of judges from the CAVC in their courtroom.

For more information, please contact:
Professor Bob Statchen at robert.statchen@law.wne.edu.

 

Recent Competition Highlights

  • National Moot Court Team Finalists IN REGIONAL COMPETITION

    The Western New England University School of Law National Moot Court Team placed as finalists in the 2022 regional competition. The team included Sean Buxton and Sara Sam-Njogu and they were coached by Professors Myra Orlen and Harris Freeman.

    The team will be participating in the national competition at the end of January 2022 which will include over 30 teams from across the United States.

     

Additional Awards

  • Additional Awards

    Regional Finalist, National Moot Court Team, 2022
    Regional Finalist, National Moot Court Team, 2021
    Second Place, ABA Law Student Tax Challenge, 2019
    Finalist, National ABA Negotiation Competition, 2017-2018
    Regional Finalist, Transactional Lawyering Meet, 2017-2018
    Semifinalists, National ABA Negotiation Competition, 2016-2017
    Finalist, Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2016-2017
    Semifinalists, National ABA Negotiation Competition,  2015-2016
    Regional Semifinalist, Transactional Lawyering Meet,  2015-2016
    Regional Semifinalist, Transactional Lawyering Meet,  2014-2015
    Finalist, Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2014-2015
    Quarterfinalists, Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition,  20147-2015
    Regional Semifinalist, Transactional Lawyering Meet,  2013-2014
    Regional Champion, Transactional Lawyering Meet,  2012-2013
    Finalist, Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2012-2013
    Quarterfinalists, Northeast Region, National Moot Court Competition, 2012-2013
    Second Place, ABA Law Student Tax Challenge,  2011-2012
    National Champion, Transactional Lawyering Meet,  2010-2011
    Quarterfinalists, First Amendment Moot Court Competition, 2010- 2011
    Best Brief (Petitioner), Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition,  2010-2011
    Best Oralist, Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition, 2010-2011
    First Place, ABA Law Student Tax Challenge, 2008-2009
    Quarterfinalists, First Amendment Moot Court Competition, 2008-2009
    Best Written Submission, ABA Law Student Tax Challenge,  2008-2009
    First Place, Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition,  2008-2009
    Finalist (Team 1), Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2008-2009
    Finalist (Team 2), Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2008-2009
    Finalist, Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2007-2008
    Semifinalist, National ABA Negotiation Competition, 2007-2008
    First Place, ABA Law Student Tax Challenge,  2006-2007
    Best Brief, Frederick Douglass National Moot Court, 2006-2007
    Finalist, Regional ABA Negotiation Competition, 2006-2007