Students Argue before Mock United States Supreme Court in the 27th Annual John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition

Lexington, VA Monday, September 25, 2006

The Moot Court Board at the Washington and Lee University School of Law is well into the second Moot Court competition of the year, the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition. The Davis Competition, named in honor of alumnus John W. Davis, began on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 and will conclude with the Final Round on October 27, 2006.  The administrators for this year's competition are third-year students Mini Kaur and Matthew Morrison.

The John W. Davis Moot Court Competition is an appellate advocacy competition held annually at Washington and Lee University.  The Davis competition consists of two components: the submission of an appellate brief and the presentation of oral arguments before a panel of judges.  This year's problem involves an unsettled area of Equal Protection law and is based on cases set for hearing in the Supreme Court's upcoming term.  Students write briefs individually or in teams of two, and all participants argue alone.  Competitors advance from the initial rounds based upon their performance on the brief and their oral advocacy skills, both on-brief and off-brief.  Advancement in later rounds is based purely on oral advocacy.  The Moot Court Board will present awards to the top oralists, to the winner(s) for Best Brief, and to the first runner-up for Best Brief.

Initial rounds of the competition will be judged by Kaur and Morrison, with the Semifinal Round judged by Professors Dorothy Brown, Ronald Krotoszynski, and Ann Massie. The top four oral advocates will proceed to the Final Round, where they will argue before a panel of judges from the Federal judiciary.  Students who participate are also eligible to represent the School of Law in national Moot Court competitions such as the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition and the Philip Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. 

The Moot Court Executive Board, chaired this year by Christopher Price, administers all competitions for the Moot Court Program, which includes the Robert J. Grey, Jr. Negotiations Competition, Mock Trial, Mediation, and Client Counseling. For more information about the Moot Court Board and upcoming competitions, please visit

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