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Moot Court

Fall, 2020

Professor Paul Weizer, Attorneys Alyne Butland and Sam Gonyea

12312 Moot Court POLS 4350 (01) 3 cr. 3hr.

In this course, students will intensively study a specific area of law for the purpose of arguing in a moot court competition. Moot court involves teams of student-contestants, clients burdened by a legal problem, briefs and oratory detailing the dimensions of the legal problems before an appellate court, and the judging of performances by panels of faculty and attorneys. The top teams emerging from this course will be eligible to represent the University at the national tournament.

Moot court – a simulation of an appellate court proceeding – is also known as a Supreme Court Simulation. Moot court involves teams of students representing clients burdened by a legal problem. Oral arguments detailing the dimensions of the legal problem before an appellate court are judged by actual attorneys and judges.

Moot court is used as an educational tool around the world. Moot court tournaments are currently organized in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and a number of other countries. Moot court has apparently been featured in legal training for hundreds of years, with origins in medieval England.

In the United States, moot court is almost universally required in law school programs. Over the past decade, a number of undergraduate moot court activities have been developed in American colleges and universities. To improve and expand these undergraduate moot court activities, the American Collegiate Moot Court Association was established in 2000. Fitchburg State University teams have competed with distinction at both regional and national tournaments.

2019 Eastern Regional Moot Court Finals

2019 National Moot Court Competition - Baton Rouge, LA

The 2019 Fitchburg State Moot Court Team: (alphabetically): Crystal Aneke, Matthew Badagliacca, Samantha Beauchamp, Theresa Dzierwinski, Andrew Harrington, Matthew Murphy 

The team of Matthew Badagliacca and Matthew Murphy ranked 16th after the preliminary rounds, winning four of six possible ballots and as a result, earned national honors. Additionally, they took 7th place in brief writing.

The team of Crystal Aneke and Samantha Beauchamp earned awards in brief writing (9th place).

2018 National Moot Court Competition - Dallas, TX

The 2018 Fitchburg State Moot Court Team
The 2018 Fitchburg State Moot Court Team: (alphabetically):  Crystal Aneke, Matthew Badagliacca, Samantha Beauchamp, Webster Bokoo, Benjamin Butkus, William Cooney, Riley Grinkis, Matthew Murphy, Sean O'Halloran-Ciccolo, Lauren Poirier, Alexander Ramos, William Travers with Coaches Alyne Butland, Esq., Christina Brigham, Esq. and Dr. Paul Weizer, Moot Court Professor.

Eastern Regional Tournament Runner-Up team with coaches
Eastern Regional Tournament Runner-Up team of Riley Grinkis and Matthew Murphy with Coaches Christina Brigham, Esq., Alyne Butland, Esq., and Dr. Paul Weizer.

Alexander Ramos, Samantha Beauchamp, and Alyne Burland, Esq.
Fitchburg State University Team of Alexander Ramos and Samantha Beauchamp, who received awards from the Moot Court Regional Competition, with Coach Alyne Butland, Esq.