The Moot Court program is a student-run organization that coordinates intramural and intercollegiate competitions in appellate and international divisions.
Established in 1950, the Moot Court program provides an opportunity for students to develop their appellate advocacy skills. The program is administered by the Moot Court Board (a group of students selected to represent Notre Dame Law School in competitions) and guided by a faculty advisor.
The Moot Court program hosts the Notre Dame National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom annually.
Meet the Board
|President||Brittany Von Rueden|
|Vice President||Vincent Gangemi|
|Oralist Selection Chair||Jaylen Amaker|
|Brief Writer Selection Chair||Reid Edwards|
|1L Tournament Chair||Hunter Van Asten|
|Religious Freedom Tournament Director||Zahraa Nasser|
Students are selected to the Moot Court Board after competing in the optional 1L Moot Court Competition and receiving an invitation to join the board based on their 1L briefs and their performance in the competition. In the fall of their 2L year, board members compete intramurally to determine placement on the board’s various teams. In years past, Notre Dame Law School’s teams have competed in the National Moot Court competition, the American Bar Association competition, the National Religious Freedom Competition, and the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition. The national team also performs the showcase argument each year in front of a panel of sitting judges, watched by the 1L class.
Members of the board also have the opportunity to argue actual cases in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Under the guidance of a local attorney, they take on a case representing a prisoner. In that capacity, they write a brief, a reply brief, and argue the case before a three-judge panel.
Students are entitled to one co-curricular credit for each semester that they participate in Moot Court.
For more information, contact Moot Court Board President Brittany Von Rueden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Team Accomplishments
The Board's Intellectual Property team (consisting of 3Ls Chelsea Spence, Isaac Behnawa, and Jaemie Paraon, as well as 2Ls Brittany Von Rueden, Caroline Wenzel, and Kristen Burns) placed first in the Chicago regional round of the Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Tournament in February 2021. The team had one best brief at regionals and second best brief at nationals.
Ambris Saravanan and Mark Simonitis, both 2Ls, won the 2021 North American regional championship round of the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and proceeded to be ranked one of the top 8 teams in the world.
Congratulations to Kathryn Wilhoit, Katie Takeuchi, Marcus Dessalgne, Courtney Seitz, Carol Li, Christina Hopke, and Becca Pronesti on a successful weekend at the 2020 ABA Regional Tournament in Philadelphia. Christina Hopke’s brief won 4th Best Brief out of 32 teams, and Courtney Seitz, Carol Li, and Becca Pronesti advanced to the final round of 8 of the tournament.
3Ls Mark Relation, Talea Stashin, and Katie Cronin won Best Brief and First Place overall at the 2020 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Regional Competition in Chicago. The team was later named national champions. Read the story here.
John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition 2018. First Place Team and Best Oralist to Olaniyi Solebo. Competitors: From left, Olaniyi Solebo, Hannah Oswald, and Terence Parker.
International Trademark Association's Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition 2018. First Place Midwest Regionals and Third Place at Nationals 2018. Competitors: Hannah Weger, Matt Fitzgerald, Adam Kwon.
J. Braxton Craven, Jr. Memorial Moot Court Competition 2018. Second Place Team. Competitors: Shannon Lewry, Jonathan McCreary, Kayla Clark.
International Religious Freedom Tournament in Bologna, Italy, 2018. First Place Team and Best Oralist to Lawrence Wesco. Jack Blais, Megan Ball, Cristina Sanchez, Lawrence Wesco.
Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition 2017. First Place Team. Competitors: Kayla Clark, Hope Tone, Shannon Lewry.
Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition 2018. Quarterfinalist Team and Best Brief Writer to Doori Song. Competitors: From left, Doori Song, Justin Lewis, and Jake Crammer.