The Willamette University College of Law Moot Court Board has a long tradition of promoting the art of appellate and trial advocacy by sponsoring various competitions and providing educational seminars. The Board dates back to 1916 and is the oldest student-run organization at the College of Law. The Board is committed to helping Willamette Law students improve their skills as advocates in a competitive environment.

2020 Order of Barristers Inductees (left to right)Mikayla Frei, Kyleigh Gray, Mason Kriz, Julia Monroe, Nick Triplett, Eden Vasquez, Michael Wallace, Dale Wilhelm, and Nathaniel Woodward.

2020 Order of Barristers Inductees

2020-21 Winners

  • AAJ Trial Competition: Jesse Thompson and Spencer Prosen  
  • National Appellate Competition: Jesse Thompson and Spencer Prosen
    •   2nd Place: Olivia Loftin and Kyle Sessions
  • Don Turner Criminal Trial Competition: Andie Harrison-Doherty and Jessica Charles
  • Spaulding Civil Trial Competition: Jessica Watkins and Jaime Madrigal
  • Open Appellate Competition: Chapell Hailey and Nathan Claus
  • Negotiations Competition: Shiri Fishman and Forrest Holt

Competition Schedule

  • National Appellate Competition: August 31 - September 4, 2020
  • Don Turner Criminal Trial Competition: October 12 - 16, 2020
  • AAJ Trial Competition: November 16 - 20, 2020
  • Open Appellate Competition: January 25 - 29, 2021
  • Spaulding Civil Trial Competition: February 22 - 26, 2021
  • First-Year Appellate Competition: March 29 - April 1, 2021
  • Negotiations Competition: March 20, 2021

First Year Appellate Competition (FYAC)

Every year the WUCL Moot Court Board hosts the annual First Year Appellate Competition (FYAC), where first year students present their fifteen-minute oral arguments as outlined in their Legal Research and Writing (LRW) class appellate briefs—outside of the classroom.

FYAC is designed as a mock appellate forum, where each student presents either Petitioner or Respondent's theories of the case, including why they think their party should prevail on appeal, in front of a panel of local practicing attorneys and judges. This is a wonderful opportunity for first year students to implement LRW concepts through oral advocacy, including: identifying relevant issues, as well as, applying their reasoning and analysis in order to effectively reach a legal conclusion.

This year the competition was held over Zoom, which presented unique challenges and adversities; but, the Moot Court Board was nonetheless impressed with the dedication, tenacity, and professionalism demonstrated by the first year students—particularly those who advanced through multiple evenings of the competition. The Board extends its gratitude to all of the students and volunteer judges who participated this year, and congratulations to the FYAC winners and semi-finalists!

Winners of the 2021 FYAC (top-left to right): Samantha Baker, Emily Denniston, Sydney Eldred, Marelie Vorster, and Leona Yazdidoust

Runner-ups (bottom-left to right): Tyler Daniel, Ryan Foxx, Teddy Krolczyk, Melissa Pepitone, and Bayley Sandy




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Moot Court Board

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Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
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