Moot Court

Blue and white V with phrase Villanova Law Moot Court Board underneath

The Villanova Law Moot Court Board is the principal oral advocacy organization at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. The Moot Court Board aims to enhance and showcase the appellate advocacy skills of our students. The Villanova Moot Court Board was ranked 29th in 2018 and 41st in 2019 according to the Blakely Advocacy Institute National Moot Court Rankings.

Members of the Moot Court Board have the opportunity to showcase their appellate advocacy and writing skills through competing in various National Appellate Advocacy competitions across the country. Students argue cases involving constitutional law, criminal procedure, sports law, entertainment law, family law, immigration law, and more in front of distinguished panels of judges against law students from around the country.

Board Members

The 2019-2020 Moot Court Board
The 2019 - 2020 Moot Court Board
2020-2021 Moot Court Board Masthead

Membership

Students can attain membership on the Moot Court Board in one of two ways:
 

  1. Competing in the Summer Competition; or

  2. Stellar Performance in the intra-school Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition.
     

Summer Competition

The Director of Recruitment and Alumni Relations organizes a competition for rising 2L and 3L students to compete for membership on the Moot Court Board. Each competitor writes an appellate brief and argues on-brief in front of the Executive Board, a panel of seven members. The oral argument is 12 minutes and is followed by a short interview. The brief and oral argument are each worth 50% of the overall competition score. The Moot Court Board selects 10-12 new members from this competitive process.

 

Reimel Competition

The Chair and Vice Chair of the Board may decide to extend an invitation for membership on the Moot Court Board after stellar performance in the Reimel Competition. This decision is made after considering a team’s brief score, oral argument performance, and advancement in the competition. 

Reimels

60th Annual Reimel Moot Court Winners CC Carreras and Karina Norwood
60th Annual Theordore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition Winners CC Carreras and Karina Norwood

The Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition is an annual intra-school tournament and a hallowed tradition at Villanova Law. Named in honor of the late Theodore L. Reimel, Judge for the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas from 1953 to 1973, the competition is designed to foster student development in written and oral advocacy through simulated appellate argument. Many alumni and other esteemed members of the legal community come to the law school to judge the oral arguments and provide advice and feedback to our students.

In 2015, the Reimel Competition was integrated with the LW3–Litigation/Appellate Advocacy course to provide second-year students with a more comprehensive, authentic and practice-oriented educational experience. Students enrolled in Appellate Advocacy participate in Reimels as part of the course.  Third-year students are also encouraged to participate in the competition. All participants work in teams of two and are required to write an appellate brief and participate in oral arguments. The 61st Annual Reimel Competition Final Round will be held on November 19, 2020.

2L students enrolled in Legal Writing III: Litigation/Appellate Advocacy compete in teams of two writing an appellate brief and arguing twice (once on-brief and once off-brief) in the preliminary round of the competition. The top scoring teams advance to the elimination rounds of the competition. Villanova alumni, professors, local practitioners, and distinguished federal and state judges serve as panelists in the intra-school competition.

Current Board Members, Cecilia Carreras ‘21 and Karina Norwood ’21, won the 60th Annual Reimel Competition in November 2019. Cecilia Carreras also received the Best Oral Advocate award.

If you are interested in judging the Reimel Competition, please contact Fernanda Sandoval, Vice Chair, at moot@law.villanova.edu. Please also visit the Alumni tab on the Villanova Moot Court Board website to find other ways to get involved with our Board.

60th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

Champions:
 

CC Carreras '21 & Karina Norwood '21

 

Award Winners:

Best Final Round Oralist: CC Carreras

Best Brief (Petitioner): Sarah Blum & Katie Carden 

Best Brief (Respondent): Andrew Todd & Zach Epstein

Best Overall Oralist: Rachel Levy 

Final Round Bench

  • The Honorable Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • The Honorable Susan P. Gantman, President Judge Emeritus of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania; and
  • The Honorable Marjorie Rendell, Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Semi-finals Bench

  •  Teressa Ravenell, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development & Professor of Law; 
  • The Honorable Joel H. Slomsky, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 
  • The Honorable Carolyn Engel Temin, First Assistant, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office

Moot Court Board Responsibilties

1L Legal Writing Program

The Moot Court Board helps the first-year legal writing faculty members administer and judge spring semester oral arguments. Each Board Member provides constructive feedback to 1L students to assist in preparation for the 1L students’ graded arguments.

 

Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

The Moot Court Board coordinates and administers the intraschool competition every year. This year marks the sixty-first year of the tradition. Board Members facilitate the logistics of the competition, grade briefs, and host a reception at the conclusion of the competition. All 2L Board Members are required to compete in the intraschool competition in preparation for their outside competitions.

Congratulations to the following Board Members for their success in the 2019 Reimel Competition:

  • Cecilia Carreras, ’21 and Karina Norwood, ‘21

                        Champions

                        Best Oralist: Cecilia Carreras

  •  Alice Douglas, ’21 and Mary Haggerty, ‘21

                        Finalists

  •  Michael Markus, ’21 and Fernanda Sandoval, ‘21

                        Quarterfinalists

 

External Competitions

Each Moot Court Board Member competes with a partner at a National Moot Court Competition. The Board Members are tasked with writing an appellate brief and arguing before distinguished panels of judges across the country.

Each 3L Board Member competes and serves as a student coach for a 2L or 3L team. Coaches organize oral argument practice schedules and coordinate with faculty and alumni to assist with judging practice rounds.

External Competitions

The 2020-21 Board is excited for a successful year ahead. Unfortunately, due to the impacts of COVID, several Moot Court Board Members could not compete in the Spring of 2020. Out of the few teams that were able to compete, the Moot Court Board was proud of the following teams’ accomplishments:

  • Charlie Burrows, ’21 and Keith Lee, ’21
    Coach: Alesandra Greco, ‘20

New York University School of Law’s Immigration Law Competition

Quarterfinalists

First Place Preliminary Round Oralist Team

 

  • Leah Edelstein, ’21 and Andrew Girman, ’21
    Coach: Brian Berkoff, ‘20

Albany Law School Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Competition

Octofinalists

 

  • Alex Ator, ’20 and Jared Hershman, ’20
    Coach: Heather Smillie, ‘20

UNLV School of Law Schrek Gaming Law Moot Court Competition

Ninth Place Overall

 

Blakely Advocacy Institute Previous Rankings:

  • 2019: Ranked #41
  • 2018: Ranked #29
  • 2017: Ranked #28
  • 2016: Ranked #34

Alumni

If you are a Villanova Law alumnus/a, please fill out the form below to get involved with helping our current Moot Court Board. We are looking for alumni to help coach teams in their preparation for external competition teams. If you are also a Moot Court Board alumnus/a, please indicate where you competed while serving as a Board Member.

If you have any questions, please contact Keith Lee, Chairman, at moot@law.villanova.edu

Thank you for your support of Villanova Law Moot Court Board!

Contact Us

Address
Villanova University School of Law
Moot Court Board
299 N. Spring Mill Rd.
Villanova, PA 19085
 
Phone
(610) 519-7055
 


Interested in Judging for Moot Court?

If you would like to judge the Reimel Competition, please contact us.

Faculty Advisor

Professor Jessica Webb

Rm 347, Law School Building

610-­‐519-­‐7025

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