ABA Seeks Judges for Law Student Moot Court Competition in Seattle February 23-25

(For those among us with oral argument and appellate experience. You don't have to be a member of the ABA to be a judge! - Ed.)

Dear American Bar Association Member:

On behalf of the ABA Law Student Division, and its National Appellate Advocacy Competition Subcommittee, I would like to invite you to participate as an oral argument judge for the 2011-12 Seattle Regional National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC). This moot court competition takes place February 23-25, 2012 at the USDC for the Western District of Washington

The NAAC emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a 35-page brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court. (Other members of the bench and bar will serve as brief judges—we are asking you to serve only as an oral argument judge.)

This year’s problem involves access to health care. It is a civil case involving a young boy with autism and his efforts to get coverage for the therapy that his doctor prescribed. The case raises two federal questions, one under the “Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment” provisions of the Medicaid Act, and the other under the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Both issues raise realistic, cutting-edge questions for which there is no clear answer in current law.

As a judge, you will have the opportunity to interact with the finest advocates that the nation's law schools have to offer. With 211 teams from 120 ABA-approved law schools competing at the regional level, the NAAC is one of the largest moot court competitions in the country. Teams from law schools in 15 states are preparing to compete in the Seattle Regional.

The rounds take place in the late afternoon on Thursday and Friday, February 23-24 and all day on Saturday, February 25. Judges may serve multiple rounds if they desire.

Round 1: Thursday, February 23 (3:30 pm to 7:45 pm) 
Round 2: Friday, February 24 (3:30 pm to 7:45 pm) 
Round 3: Saturday, February 25 (8:30 am to 12:45 pm) 
Round 4: Saturday, February 25 (1:00 pm to 3:30 pm) 
Round 5: Saturday, February 25 (3:30 pm to 6:00 pm)

If you are willing to serve as a judge, please enter your contact information and round selection on the form located athttps://abanet.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_djmjGloVaQ9SAJe.

We need approximately 210 judges for the regional competition. If you have any colleagues who may be interested in participating as a volunteer judge, please forward this message to them. Judging assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Within 10 business days after receipt of your form, we will send an email confirming judging assignments. Beginning in late January, we will provide a bench memorandum, the problem (record), and instructions on judging. Reviewing these materials is the only preparation required of competition judges.

The ABA Law Student Division will seek accreditation in those states that accredit law student competitions. Many ABA programs, not necessarily competitions, ordinarily receive CLE credit in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, GU, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MS, MO, MT, NH, NM, NV, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WI, WV, and WY. These states sometimes do not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit http://www.americanbar.org/publications_cle/mandatory_cle.html.

Please contact me at             312.988.5621       or at naac@americanbar.org if you have any questions.

The development of oral and written advocacy skills is very important in the context of legal practice. We sincerely hope you will be able to participate in this great learning experience for law students by serving as a judge.

Thank you for considering this invitation.


Peggy Pissarreck 
Associate Director, Law Student Division 
American Bar Association 
321 North Clark Street 
Chicago, IL 60654

T: 312.988.5621 
M:             312.375.3227       
F: 312.988.6033 

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