Teaching Teenagers to Argue …

(in court that is)

Thirteenth Annual Moot Court Competition

Date: October 14, 2017

ABOUT THE CASE
Trinity Lutheran Church v. MO, a case about separation of church and state.
PDF of case is here

ABOUT THE COMPETITION
Teams of two to five students come to the Contra Costa County Courthouse (A.F. Bray Courts, 1020 Ward Street) in Martinez, CA on a Saturday in October to present their oral arguments before three-judge courts (made up of attorneys and judges). The format is similar to CRF’s Mock Trial pretrial motion. Each team will have two chances to present—once per side. Then we’ll have the semifinal and championship rounds, lunch and awards. Entry fee is $35 per participant (includes snacks, pizza and a T-Shirt). Participants receive that case materials at no charge. Schools may have more than one team. The competition runs from 8:30 AM to about 3:30 PM.

Additional Materials Available:

1)  Moot Court 2008-2014
A PDF with all moot court cases and supporting classroom materials, minus the competition rules and forms (see Moot Court page for a short description of each case). We will continue to add the new case each year, generally around the beginning of September. Also available are companion MS Word pieces: Brief Templates for all cases. Blank and sample IRAC—Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion—(case summary worksheet). Cost for for the printed version is $49 (see below link); the downloadable PDF is $30.

2) Citizens United v. FEC case
We felt that this U.S. Supreme Court (USSC) case will be highly relevant for current and future elections, so created a set of materials to explore its implications. Cost for for the printed version is $49 (see below link); the downloadable PDF is $20.

3) And Justice for … The Supremes Greatest Hits
A full Moot Court packet on an important USSC case (Obergefell v. Hodges–same sex marriage) from the 2015 term (October 5, 2015 through June 30, 2016), plus materials and excerpts from 10 other important cases from that term. The packet has five different activities and a host of links. Cost for the printed version is $49 (see below link); the downloadable PDF is $30.

Ordering/Purchasing information

For more information or if you are interested in ordering a downloadable version, please  please see our Contact Form page. We accept PayPal, checks and POs. To purchase a printed version, please contact Social Studies School Service: socialstudies.com.

If you need one or have questions, please use our contact form or phone 925.947.4356.

YearWinnerSemi-Finalists
2017AcalanesPiedmont, Monte Vista, Acalanes
2016AcalanesCollege Park, Monte Vista
2015AcalanesAcalanes, Corona del Mar, Cal High
2014Cal HIghAdelson Education Campus (Las Vegas), Acalanes
2013Monte VistaCal High, Acalanes
2012Cal HighMonte Vista, Acalanes
2011Cal HighCal High, Monte Vista
2010Cal HighAcalanes
2009Cal High
2008Cal HighAcalanes, Antioch, College Park
2007College ParkAntioch, Monte Vista, Hillsdale
2006HillsdaleCollege Park, Antioch, Acalanes

Sustaining Major Contributor

We’d like to thank Mechanics Bank Mechanics Bank for their generous donations over the years. Mechanics is a local bank that has been supporting our community for over 100 years.

We have five levels of sponsors for 2017:
Above the Law/Platinum: $500+
Supreme/Gold = $500
Appellate/Silver = $250
Trial/Bronze = $100
Friends

Major Sponsors for 2017

Above the Law/Platinum
Law Ofices of Christine C. Weed, PC
Jarrett, Martin Law, LLP

Supreme/Gold
M.S. Domingo Law
Law Offices of Cherie T. Davis

Appellate/Silver
Talbot Law Group P. C.
Fremont Bank Foundation

Trial/Bronze
361 Financial Planning, Inc.
Goodman and Associates, Attorneys at Law
Mark Shaw
Lew Pascalli, Esq.

Friends
Nataly DiCortasso
Halina Nafey