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Advocate of the year competition 2006

Advocate of the Year Competition2006

Arrive Early?

Take a memo and a problem and sign in.

Available on the website www usfca edu org mootcourt
Available on the

  • Brief Template & Instructions

  • Meeting Memo

  • This PowerPoint Presentation


  • Introduction

  • The Problem

  • Important Dates

  • The Brief – Instructions & Tips

  • Oral Arguments – Instructions & Tips

  • Final Notes

  • Questions


Moot Court Board 2006-2007

  • Matt Peters – Executive Director

  • David Mesa, Advocacy Director –

  • Jen Chung – Managing Director

  • Michelle Schuller – Topics Director

  • Joan Arbolante – Topics Director

The problem facts
The Problem - Facts

  • Con Law Topic

  • Appeal to the Supreme Court

  • Eric Jensen, a black felon, is prevented from voting because of his felon status.

  • Sues to permanently enjoin Governor from enforcing felon disenfranchisement statute based on a violation of the Voting Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1973, which prohibits any state limitation on the right to vote that has a racially discriminatory result.

The problem proc posture
The Problem – Proc. Posture

  • Governor files a 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss arguing § 1973 is unconstitutional as applied to Zief's felon disenfranchisement statute because (1) it conflicts with Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment, and (2) it exceeds Congress’s Section 5 enforcement powers

  • Motion Granted. Plaintiff appeals to the Fourteenth Circuit. Reversed. Governor appeals. Supremes grant cert.

Important dates
Important Dates

  • Brief Drop Off

    • Wednesday, Sept. 20th

  • First Round of Oral Arguments

    • Either Saturday, September 30th or Sunday, October 1st

  • Quarterfinals and Semifinals

    • Saturday, October 7th

  • Final Round

    • Friday, October 20th @ 6:00 p.m.

The brief
The Brief

  • You choose the side

  • Format – same as 1L Moot Court Program

  • 16-20 pages (nothing after 20 will be read)

  • Blue cover for petitioners / Red for Respondents (card stock)

  • Name on cover page

The brief turn in
The Brief – Turn In

  • 3 Copies due Wednesday, September 20th

  • You must turn it in and sign it in yourself

  • 2 Drop-off Times: 10 am–12 pm and 5:30 pm–6:30 pm

  • Location: Moot Court Office, Zief 2 (Lower Level next to TV lounge)


Oral arguments1
Oral Arguments

  • Rules for advancing will be posted on Moot Court Bulletin Board & at Moot Court Office

  • Oral Arguments follow same format as 1L Moot Court

Some final notes
Some Final Notes

  • Use Statement of the Case as a Starting Point

  • Note the sole issue on appeal (footnote 2 of the problem)

  • No cases after 9/1/06, but also note footnote 1 of the problem

Some final notes1
Some Final Notes

  • Good faith effort, but keep in mind:

    • Judges are USF Alumni. They’re giving up a day of their weekend for a good show, so give it to them.

    • They also might work for a firm you’re interviewing with.

    • Personal pride.

Some final notes2
Some Final Notes

  • Work in Groups

    • You may work with buddies, but you must write your own brief

    • After turning in your brief, share them with someone from the other side

    • Brainstorm potential questions with someone from the other side

Some final notes3
Some Final Notes

  • Be prepared to argue both sides

  • Practice

  • Practice

  • Then Practice Some More

Finally remember what you re getting out of it
Finally… Remember What You’re Getting Out of It

  • Resume Builder

  • Possible Writing Sample

  • Oral Advocacy Experience

  • Awards Given to Best Brief and Advocate of the Year

  • $$$ - $500 Gift Certificates to BARBRI for Best Brief / Advocate of the Year award recipients

  • Good times

Ready set go
Ready, Set, Go.

  • Be sure you’ve signed in before you leave

  • Check bulletin board / website for changes, postings, updates

  • I’ll post questions and answers on the website

  • Any questions? Stick around.