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Moot Court

What is Moot Court?

Moot court is the simulation of appellate argument.  Two-person legal teams compete in front of a panel of judges.  Students argue a hypothetical legal case known as “the competition case.”  To do so, students must research the cases and laws cited in “the competition case.”  Moot court judges ask students questions and grade the students on the basis of their knowledge of the case, their response to questioning, their forensic skills, and their demeanor.  Oral argument lasts 40 minutes (each side gets 20 minutes) and each student is expected to speak for a minimum of 7 minutes. If you are interested in an in-depth history of moot court at CSULB check out this history.  A-Short-History-of-Moot-Court-at-CSULB

Why Participate in Moot Court?

It is fun and rewarding. It is challenging. It is good experience for law school and a legal career. It will teach you how to think, speak, and write in a clearer and more precise manner. You will learn valuable research skills. You will improve your logical and critical thinking skills. You will meet and network with a variety of important people in the legal, academic, and political community. Read What Former Moot Court Students Say About Moot Court

How Do I Join?

Students who wish to participate in the political science department’s moot court program need to apply by the Fall deadline which will be announced.Once accepted by Dr. Ringel, applicants need to gain a permit and then enroll in:

  • 417. Legal Practices: Moot Court (3) Prerequisites: Completion of either: POSC 311 or 312, AND one of: POSC 318, 412, or 414; and upper division standing.
  • Study and acquisition of the skills of lawyering, including legal research, reasoning, writing, and trial advocacy. Substantive study of civil liberties.

Enrollment in this course is by instructor permission only. Please contact Professor Ringel at lewisringel@verizon.net for further information. His office is SPA 223. Phone: 562-985-4708. POSC 417 is a demanding and rigorous course. Students should anticipate a challenging but exciting and extremely worthwhile experience.

Graduate Assistant: Sabrina van der Linden-Gonzales Assistant Coaches: Patrick Dyson Kelsey StaplerJudy Hails

Who Judges Moot Court?

Moot court judges can be most anyone who is familiar with the record and the law or the legal system. Judges are typically lawyers or in some cases law students.  Many former mooters judge at events.  Many tournaments feature judges and justices, and law school deans and faculty.  Many judges are members of Inns of Court.  The only restriction is that judges cannot be undergraduates. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in judging at future tournaments please contact Professor Ringel

History of the Western Regional:

For more information on the History of the Western Regional at CSULB

News

  • The 2015-16 case and the 2015 national finals are on-line.  Find them, videos of past rounds, and the rules for the National Written Brief Contest at:   http://acmamootcourt.org/
  • The 2015 Western Regional will be held at Westwood College in Anaheim on November 20-22, 2015.
  • CSULB will host the American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament January 16-17, 2016.
  • Applications for Spring 2016 are now available. Fall 2016 will be available soon.
  • CSULB Moot Court wins the 2015 CSULB Spring Classic and the 2015 California Classic

Awards and Highlights:

  • Twelve Tournament First Place Finishes (eleven for oral advocacy and one for written advocacy)
  • Forty semi-finalists in tournament competitions
  • Written Advocacy: National Tournaments
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy National Champions, 2014
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy, National Runners-Up, 2013
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy, 7th Place, 2011-2012 and 2015
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy, 10th Place, 2015
  • Oral Advocacy: National Tournaments
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Oral Advocacy National Champions, 2003
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Oral Advocacy National Runners Up, 2014
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Orator Awards, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 (six advocates)
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Sweet 16, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 (eleven teams)
  • Oral Advocacy: Regional Tournaments
  • Western Regional Tournament Champions, 2002, 2012 and 2014
  • Upper Midwest Regional Tournament Champions, 2013 and 2014
  • Western Regional Runners-Up, 2003
  • Western Regional Semi–Finalists, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2013 (five total)
  • Oral Advocacy: Invitational Tournaments
  • Falcon Classic Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2014
  • California-Massachusetts Classic Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2014
  • Long Beach Classic Fall Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2013 and 2014
  • Long Beach Classic Spring Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2015
  • California Classic Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2015
  • California Classic Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Runners-Up, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • California-Texas Classic Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2013
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Runners-Up, 2013
  • Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2012
  • South Texas College of Law Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament, 3rd Place, 2012
  • Capitol Classic, 3rd Place, 2008
From L to R Justin Adofina, Julieta Hernandez, Mindy Vo and Diego Duarte.
CSULB has two teams reach the 2015 National Sweet Sixteen
L to R: Krist Biakanja and Ashley Hall
CSULB has two teams reach the 2015 National Sweet Sixteen
L to R: Shelby Morgan and Kevin Poush
CSULB wins 2014 Western Regional Moot Court Tournament!!!
L-R: Pat Dyson, Kevin Poush, Shelby Morgan, and Lewis Ringel
Upper Midwestern Champs with CSULB President Jane Conoley
L-R: Shelby Morgan, President Jane Conoley, and Kevin Poush
CSULB competes in the 2014 Falcon Classic held at the US Air Force Academy, November 1, 2014
National Written Respondent Brief Champions and Oral Advocacy Runners Ashley Hall and Kyle Maury
2014 CSULB Moot Court Team and Coaches at Nationals With Representative Mark Meadows, and the Team with Coach Ringel.
The Three Thrilling 32 Teams: Asmita Deswal and David Casarrubias
The Three Thrilling 32 Teams: Krist Biakanja and Kevin Poush
The Three Thrilling 32 Teams: Greg Brown and Amethyst Jefferson-Roberts
2013 Upper Midwest Champs! Krist Biakanja and Kevin Poush
2013 Upper Midwest Champs with Coaches: Pat Dyson, Lewis Ringel, Biakanja and Poush
2012-13 and 2013-14 Teams with Judge John Tobin and Justice Paul Turner
2012 Western Regional Champs: Adria Bonillas, Justice Paul Turner, and Krist Biakanja
CSULB at 2012 Nationals at Chapman School of Law: CSULB produces two Sweet 16 Teams for First Time Ever.
Photo (from left-right): Professor Judy Hails (Assistant Coach), Jillian Ewan (Assistant Coach), Professor Lewis Ringel (Coach), Ruth Anderson, The Honorable Judge James Otto, Ryan Chapman, Yasmin Manners, Taylor Carr, The Honorable Justice Paul Turner, Wyatt Lyles, Kari Rice, Peter Vasilion, The Honorable Judge Scott Steiner, and Patrick Dyson (Assistant Coach).
Moot Court Texas Tournament team; (Front, L-R) Yasmin Manners and Kari Rice; (Back, L-R) Robert Lane, Andrew Kemper, Ryan Chapman, and Wyatt Lyles [Photo credit: Tara Harris]
(Front, L-R) Yasmin Manners and Ryan Chapman (Champs from CSULB) and Rebekah Samaniego and Shelby Henderson (Runner's Up from UNT); (Back, L-R) Professor Lewis Ringel (CSULB Coach), Unidentified Judge, The Honorable Justice Lee Gabriel (2nd District), The Honorable Judge John C. Hendrick, Unidentified Judge, Unidentified Judge, and Professor Kimi King (UNT Coach)
CSULB Coach Lewis Ringel and 2010 Western Regional Semi-Finalists Jillian Ewan and Aaron Sibley with former Governor George Deukmejian

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We would like to acknowledge the support in the form of donations of prizes of Lanahan Publishing, Pearson Publishing, Oxford Press, West Publishing, and McGraw-Hill. Thanks to everyone else who has supported and continues to support our Moot Court program, including Scott Allen and the Hauth Center. A special word of appreciation to the Joseph Ball/Clarence Hunt Inn of Court of Long Beach, and our many supporters in the Long Beach Bar Association who have donated their time to judge and/or recruit justices for the Western Regional.  Thanks to the Offices of the President and the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Shayne of Public Affairs. Thanks to Professor Teresa Wright and Amelia Marquez and Elizabeth Galvan of the Department of Political Science. Thanks to Amy and John Lanham and Emily Lees all of our volunteers.