Moot Court

The New York Law School Moot Court Association (MCA) is one of the largest and most successful student-run moot court organizations in the nation.

Through national competition and our own rigorous mentoring program, members develop well-honed appellate oral advocacy and brief-writing skills. Members compete in a variety of competitions, ranging topically from criminal procedure to tax, family law, constitutional law, and entertainment law. The Association has participated in competitions across the country, including Washington D.C., Buffalo, Chicago, Malibu, San Diego, and New York City. Since 1992, the Association has won over 80 first-place honors.

2020–21 Executive Board

Chair: Heidi Moore
Vice-Chair: Samantha Holleritter
Editor-in-Chief: Kirsten Kovats
Executive Editors: Maraya Aboly-Brown and Mathew Fontanez
Froessel Co-Chairs: Darren Schweibel and Elizabeth Barrett
Froessel Author: Sabrina Smith
Wagner Co-Chairs: Carolyn Sartori and Madison Woods
Wagner Authors: Erin Lue-Hing and Liza Blaszcyk
Training Coordinator: Tatyana King

2020–21 Team Members

Victoria Litman
Matthew Rabinowitz

The Charles W. Froessel Intramural Moot Court Competition

Eligible students gain admission to the Association by competing in the Charles W. Froessel Intramural Moot Court Competition. The Froessel competition is one of the most demanding and rigorous intramural competitions. In the Froessel competition, students will compete against other NYLS students. After registration, the competitors are given a fact pattern based on constitutional law, which contains citations to the leading cases on the issues presented. However, competitors are not limited to a closed universe and are both encouraged and expected to do additional research.

Each competitor is given approximately one month to research the issues and submit an appellate brief. Once briefs are filed, three preliminary rounds of oral arguments are scheduled. Students progress to advanced rounds based on a combination of their brief and oral scores. At the competition’s conclusion, awards are presented for the Best Preliminary Round Advocate, Best Petitioner Brief, and Best Respondent Brief. The two student advocates who advance to the Final Round will also receive an award for their outstanding achievement, while one advocate is selected as the Best Oralist.

The night before the Final Round, the Association’s Executive Board will invite qualifying Froessel competitors to become MCA candidates. In the fall, candidates for membership must complete a comprehensive written and oral advocacy skills training program to prepare them for the rigors of national competition. Upon completion of this program, candidates are granted full membership status and compete nationally in the spring.

The Annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Moot Court Competition

In addition to the Froessel competition, every spring the Association hosts the Annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Moot Court Competition. The Wagner Competition is one of the nation’s largest student-run moot court competitions and the only competition dedicated exclusively to labor and employment law. The Froessel and Wagner competitions attract attorneys from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania to act as judges. Past Final Round judges have included U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, former U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth W. Starr, and David Boies of Boies, Schiller & Flexner. Final Round judges from our own faculty have included former Dean Richard Matasar, Professor and former ACLU President Nadine Strossen, and the Honorable Gerald Lebovits.

The MCA receives enormous support from the NYLS Faculty and Administration, including our faculty advisors Professor Ann Baker, Professor Nadine Strossen, and Adjunct Professor Peggy Leibowitz. Without their help, and the help and support of the entire NYLS community, our success would not be possible.  We honor the Association’s fine tradition of bringing national recognition to NYLS.

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