By Kelcie Wiemann
Things are heating up for the USD Appellate Moot Court Executive Board! Several national teams are in the midst of preparing for their tournaments and are getting ready to jet set to different places across the nation to represent USD. There are five tournaments that USD will be competing in this fall. Alex Aronov, Carrie Johnson, Tyler Krentz, and Kelcie Wiemann will get things started by competing in the Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. Chris Foster and Brittany Zummer will be heading to Washington D.C. to compete in the Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Tournament. Cathy Huang and Erin Casey are competing in the Chicago Bar Association Tournament in…you guessed it…Chicago, Illinois. Marissa Marxen and Aaron Sibley will represent USD at the Pepperdine Entertainment Law Tournament in Malibu. USD is sending Natalie Rogers, Taylor Shramo, Christy Sommerville, and Alex Gojny to the ACTL National Competition in Los Angeles, where the teams will compete to advance to the final rounds held in New York.
Also, the Alumni Torts Tournament, the first of two intramural tournaments held by USD, is set for October 18th – October 20th and will take place on campus. 2L and 3L students have paired themselves into teams of two and have already submitted their appellate briefs. On October 18th, all teams will compete in two preliminary rounds. In one round, competitors will argue the side they researched and wrote their briefs for, and in another round competitors will argue “off-brief.” After the first day of competition, only the top 16 teams will advance to the second day of competition. After the round of 16, the top 8 teams will advance and argue for a second time that Saturday. Only 4 teams will advance to the semi-final round held on the final day of competition. Judges will then make the difficult determination of which two teams to advance to the final round. The final round will be held in the Grace Courtroom at 1:00pm on Sunday October 20th. The final round will be followed by an awards reception where all tournament award winners will be announced, including awards for best oralist, best brief, and placed teams. Everyone from the USD Law community is invited to watch the final round and attend the awards reception.
The USD Appellate Moot Court Executive Board also hosts the National Criminal Procedure Tournament, which is set to take place from November 7th – November 10th at the Hall of Justice in downtown San Diego. USD team members do not compete in this tournament, but instead, schools from around the United States send their best Moot Court Teams to compete. The competition consists of competitors from top Moot Court Programs from around the nation. Coming to watch or volunteering to bailiff at the Alumni Torts Tournament or the National Criminal Procedure Tournament is a great way to learn more about Appellate arguments and support your team! Anyone interested in bailiffing can sign up on TWEN by adding the page “Moot Court Bailiffing.” Keep your eyes peeled for more updates about the team’s success throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you at our tournaments, and best of luck to all competitors.