C. Edwin Moore Moot Court Competition
The C. Edwin Moore Moot Court Competition is offered to First Year Students and is a voluntary competition that takes place within the first two months of the first year curriculum. This competition is aimed at challenging the students’ organization and presentation skills through an oral advocacy competition. Further, this provides an opportunity for students to gauge their interest in oral advocacy and is an excellent source of information for the Moot Court Board and those involved in the selection process for the Skills Teams at Drake Law School.
Students are advised of an informational meeting about this competition within the first few weeks of their first year classes. At this informational meeting, students are made aware of the competition process and time line. Students are also exposed to the proper format for an appellate argument and able to watch a “mock” argument by one of the senior members of a moot court team.
Unlike First Year Oral Arguments and The Supreme Court Day Competition, this Competition does not include a written component. The problem is selected by the Moot Court Board and the students are provided all of the materials for this problem. This information includes a synopsis of the problem, an outline of the argument for the Appellant, and an outline of the argument for the Appellee. As this Competition focuses on oral advocacy skills, students are instructed to make arguments within the information provided and avoid any outside research.
The two preliminary rounds are held over the course of two weeks and challenge the students to argue both for the Appellant and the Appellee. These rounds are argued before local attorneys, the majority of which have experience in appellate advocacy. The semi-final round places the top ranking students in randomly assigned arguments against one another. The semi-final round is held before a panel including Professor Laurie Dore and local attorneys, hand selected for their history with appellate advocacy. The final round features the top four students who argue in front of a panel of local judges, often a panel of the Iowa Court of Appeals in their courtroom at the Iowa Judicial Building.
In addition to the honor and experience of making oral arguments to the experienced panels, cash prizes are awarded to the winner of the argument.