Moot Court Judges and Bailiffs Information

JUDGES

The Younger Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association would like to invite you to participate as a judge during the 24th Annual Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, which will be held in Washington, D.C. from March 20-21, 2019. Law schools come from across the country for this prestigious event, and it is because of the dedication of volunteers like you that is event has been such a success. Below we have compiled a few Frequently Asked Questions to help address any questions you may have about volunteering as a Moot Court judge:

Do I qualify to serve as a Moot Court judge?

YES! If you are a retired or practicing attorney or judge, you can be a Moot Court judge.

What is the role of a Moot Court judge?

A Moot Court judge scores the competitors’ oral advocacy skills.

Do I have to judge alone?

No, other judges will serve alongside you in your courtroom.

What sort of advance research do I need to do?

The Moot Court problem and "bench memo," which explain the legal issues in detail, will be sent to you before the competition. We ask that you review these documents before the competition. No additional research is needed.

Will there be any training for Moot Court judges?

A brief informational meeting will be held before judging to familiarize you with the rules of the competition and methods of scoring.

When and where do I need to go?

The largest number of judges are needed for the preliminary rounds of the competition to be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at the D.C. Superior Court. We ask that judges arrive at 5:30 p.m. and plan on staying until 9:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided.

NOTE: If you are not able to participate on Wednesday, March 20, slots are available on Thursday during the day for subsequent rounds of the competition. Please let Alea Al-Aghbari know if Thursday would be better for your schedule.

Can I watch the final round of the competition?

Absolutely! Judges are invited to observe the final round of the Moot Court competition and attend the accompanying reception. Both will be held at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces the evening of Thursday, March 21.

How do I sign up?

If you have any questions about volunteering, please call or email Alea Al-Aghbari (571-481-9114) at your earliest convenience. If you are interested in judging, please fill out the registration form below and send to Alea Al-Aghbari (aalaghbari@fedbar.org).

Thank you for your consideration.

Amy Boyle and Marshall C. Watson
2019 Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition Directors 

Judge Registration Form

Judge Instructions


BAILIFFS

The Federal Bar Association is seeking law students to serve as bailiffs at the 2019 Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition on March 20-21, 2019 in Washington, D.C. By participating in this competition, you will be able to:
 
• experience a professional moot court competition
• interact with FBA members from across the country
• work in courtrooms at the D.C. Superior Court
• network with other law students
 earn a $50 stipend for every 4 hours of service worked
• attend the final round of competition, awards ceremony, and reception at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
 
All volunteers will receive training prior to the competition as well as onsite guidance, and staff will be available to answer any questions. 
 
There are only 35 total spots available, so please respond at your earliest convenience to Alea Al-Aghbari at aalaghbari@fedbar.org.
 
25 spots available:
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 5:00-9:00pm
District of Columbia H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse (DC Superior Court)
500 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
 
6 spots available:
Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 8:00am–12:00pm
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
333 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

4 spots available:
Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 12:30-4:30pm
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
333 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

Bailiff Instructions

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