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ABA Moot Court Competition Team and the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court
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Type

LEC

Credits

1 cr.

Student Year

2L/3L

Description:

The Maynard Pirsig Moot Court introduces students to practical writing and oral argument exercises common in modern litigation. In the fall, students may write a motion for summary judgment and supporting memorandum of law, followed by oral arguments on the motion. In the spring, students likely will continue to work with the same law and facts, but in an appellate venue. Topics include issues of contemporary interest, such as a school district's liability under tort and constitutional law for sexual abuse of a high school student by its teachers.

Students work in seven small sections of about 12-14 students, each taught by an experienced attorney and a third-year student director. After participants complete the required writing and oral arguments (usually by the first week in March), they have the opportunity to compete in both a writing competition and an oral tournament. Directors submit the best Appellant and Appellee briefs from each section for the Best Brief competition. Similarly, two top oralists are selected from each section to go on to the four-round orals tournament. These rounds are judged by experienced litigators and by state and federal judges. The final round, which is open to the public, is presided over by Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court and by federal court judges.

Seven directors, two of whom are managing directors, are selected in the spring from among 2L participant applicants. An eighth director is selected, and works with the Legal Writing Director to design a case problem for the court. Students are eligible both to be Maynard Pirsig directors in their third year, and to compete on the ABA Moot Court.

The ABA Moot Court competition team is composed of two 3Ls and two 2Ls, chosen from the participants in the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court. The 2L participants are selected during the fall of their second year; the 3L participants are selected during the spring. The 2L participants compete on the team during their second year and then direct the Competition Team in their third year. The 3L team competes in the spring of their third year. The teams first compete at the regional level and, if successful, go on to nationals. The ABA Moot Court has been highly successful in recent years, regularly advancing from regional to national competition, and winning numerous speaking and brief awards.

Course Credits: Second-year participants in the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court receive two credits. Those 2Ls who compete on the ABA competition team receive two credits for Maynard Pirsig in their second year, and another two credits in their third year for competing and directing. The 3L participants receive two credits for competing.

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Sections

Fall 2013–Spring 2014: ABA Moot Court Competition Team

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Type

LEC

Credits

1

Student Year

2L/3L

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Documents and Readings:

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  • Elain Benson-Moosbrugger,... vs. Robert P. Day, ... Appellant’s Brief and Appendix
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  • Elain Benson-Moosbrugger, ... vs. Robert P. Day, ... Appellants’ Reply Brief and Appendix
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  • Russell & Delores Newberg vs. Commercial Union Insurance Company Respondent Newbergs’ Brief and Appendix
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  • Russell & Delores Newberg vs. Commercial Union Insurance Company Appellant Commercial Union Insurance Company Reply Brief
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  • Charles Ball, By Diana Mancino, vs Pear One Inc./Craig Rebers and Special Compensation Fund Relator’s Apply Brief
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  • In the Matter of Darla A Peterson vs. Larry Webber Appellant’s Brief
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Fall 2012–Spring 2013: Maynard Pirsig Moot Court

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  • Adjunct Professor Tracy Tool

Type

LEC

Credits

1

Student Year

2L/3L

TWEN

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Details:

Maynard Pirsig Moot Court. (ABA Competition team listed in it's own section.)

Documents and Readings:

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  • Advocacy on Appeal
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    Author(s): Clary, Reich Paulsen, & Vanselow
  • Appellate Advocacy and Moot Court
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    Author(s): Murray & DeSanctis
  • The Amicus Brief: How to be a Good Friend to the Court
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    Author(s): Simpson & Vasaly
  • The Art of Oral Advocacy
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    Author(s): David C. Frederick
  • Effective Appellate Advocacy: Brief Writing and Oral Argument
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    Author(s): Carole C. Berry
  • Introduction to Advocacy : Research, Writing, and Argument
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    Author(s): Board of Student Advisers Harvard Law School
  • The Little Book on Legal Writing
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    Author(s): Alan L. Dworsky
  • Making Your Case
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    Author(s): Scalia & Garner
  • Plain English for Lawyers
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    Author(s): Richard C. Wydick
  • The Question Presented: Model Appellate Briefs
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    Author(s): Ciampi & Manz
  • Style : Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace
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    Author(s): Joseph M. Williams
  • The Winning Argument
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    Author(s): Waicukauski, Sandler, & Epps
  • Writing for Law Practice
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    Author(s): Fajans, Falk, & Shapo
  • Rules of Appellate Procedure
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  • Oral Argument Finals 3/11/2004
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    Note: Video Cassette
  • Making the Oral Argument
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    Author(s): ABA
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  • Joint Petition of Defendants for Permission to Appeal under 28 U.S.C.§1292(b
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    Note: 7 Copies
  • Liddy vs. Paulson vs. Ford Motor; Appellant's Brief and Appendix
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    Note: Blue Cover
  • Paulson vs. Ford Motor; Brief and Appendix of Respondent
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    Note: Red Cover
  • USA vs. 65.60 Acres of Land .../ Brief of Appellants and Appendix
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  • John Stephen Lattergrass ... vs. North Memorial; Appellant's Reply Brief
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  • John Stephen Lattergrass ... vs. North Memorial; Brief and Appendix of Respondent
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  • U.S.A. v. Bahena,Ibarra, Monroy, & Prieto Brief of Appellee
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    Note: Red Cover
  • U.S.A. vs. Juan Monroy; Brief and Addendum of Appellant
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  • Donald Gray, as ... and ... vs. Farmland Industries... Appellant’s Brief and Appendix
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  • In re the Marriage of: Anthony Edward Pelzer and Monica Eleanor Pelzer; Appellant’s Brief and Appendix
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  • Bluebook Lecture (2002)
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    Note: This is an outline of the lecture.
  • Remarks on the Theory of Appellate Decision and the Rules or Canons about How Statutes Are to Be Construed
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    Citation: 3 Vand. L. Rev. 395
    Author(s): Llewellyn, Karl N.
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  • In the Matter of the Trust Created by Louis W. Hill ...
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  • CKLW Radio vs. Control Data and Arbitron / Brief of Appellees
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  • Sheryl Lynn Loggan and Roger ... v. Norwest Bank Minnesota ...
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