Skills Boards

David M. Johnson, Assistant Dean for Pro Bono & Advocacy Programs: djohnson@law.gwu.edu or 202.994.4539, STU207

Dean Johnson is primarily responsible for assisting students, the skills boards, and student organizations with all aspects of advocacy competitions. This webpage is designed to provide students with the information necessary to participate in their choice of internal (on-campus) or external (off-campus) competitions. If you have a question or concern regarding any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact Dean Johnson.

For more information and current student documents, please visit the GW Law Portal.


SKILLS BOARDS

Lawyering skills competitions and programs, like those managed by the three student boards described below, provide valuable opportunities for students to augment the skills learned in class with realistic training in alternative dispute resolution, trial advocacy, and appellate advocacy.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Board
  
Abigail Marciniak, President [email]
202.994.2281

The ADR Board is an honorary society that promotes student interest and the development of skills in the growing field of dispute resolution. Over the course of the year, the board sponsors various in-house competitions. The board also prepares students to compete externally at the regional and national level. Students gain membership on the board by excelling in ADR competitions.

Annual competitions include:

  • Negotiations (fall, internal, non-credit competition open to all students)
  • Client Counseling (spring, internal, non-credit competition open to all students)
  • Patricia Spanogle International Arbitration (spring, internal, one credit class only open to upper-level students, the best returning students represent GW at the annual external Vis International Arbitration Competition in either Vienna or Hong Kong)

Past successes include:

  • 2009: won the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition
  • 2008: won the ABA National Client Counseling Competition
  • 2008: won the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition
  • 2005: won the ABA Regional Negotiations Competition
  • 2004: won the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition
  • 2002: won the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition
  • 2002: won the ABA Regional Mediation Competition

Mock Trial Board

Laurel Parker, President [email]
202.994.3898

Mock Trial Board website

The Mock Trial Board is a student-run honorary society dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in trial advocacy. The board conducts internal trial competitions, which are held under realistic conditions at DC Superior Court and judged by practicing litigators. Based upon performance in these competitions, top student litigators are selected for membership. Members of the Mock Trial Board also represent the Law School at external competitions across the nation. The Law School has achieved national recognition based on the success of Mock Trial Board members in these competitions.

Annual competitions include:

  • Upper-Level Mock Trial (fall, internal, one credit class only open to upper-level students, members of the best team win a graduation award)
  • Spring Mock Trial (spring, internal, non-credit competition open to all students)
  • Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition (spring, external competition open to all law schools; in order to register and participate, a GW team must be sponsored by the Mock Trial Board and/or secure a faculty coach)

Past successes include:

  • 2014: won the Texas Young Lawyers Association’s National Trial Competition Regional in Washington, DC
  • 2011: won the Georgetown Law National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational Competition in Washington, DC
  • 2011: won the ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law's Eighth Annual Law Student Trial Advocacy Regional Competition in Washington, DC
  • 2010: won the ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law's Seventh Annual Law Student Trial Advocacy Regional Competition in Boston, MA
  • 2008: won the ABA Quinnipiac University School of Law Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition in Vermont 
  • 2004: won the American Trial Lawyers Association Regional Competition in Washington, DC
  • 2004: won the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Thurgood Marshall Regional Trial Court Competition in Virginia Beach
  • 2003: won the American Trial Lawyers Association Regional Competition in Fairfax, Virginia
  • 2003: Co-Champions of the National Trial Competition Regional

Moot Court Board

Meghan Hottel, President [email]
202.994.7070
Moot Court Board website

The Moot Court Board is a student-run honorary society that plays a vital role at the GW Law by promoting the development of oral and written advocacy skills. Particular attention is given to fostering excellence in appellate oral advocacy. Membership is offered to first-year law students who achieve exceptional performance in the first-year moot court competition or to upper-class students who achieve distinction in one of the four internal moot court competitions. The board also selects students to represent the Law School at a variety of external competitions.

Annual competitions include:

  • Van Vleck Constitutional Law (fall, internal, one credit class only open to upper-level students, members of the best team win a graduation award)
  • Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Law (fall, internal, one credit class only open to upper-level students, the best team represents GW at the external Giles Rich Competition)
  • Judge Albert H. Grenadier International Law (spring, internal, one credit class only open to upper-level students, the best returning students represent GW at the annual external Jessup Moot Court Competition and win a graduation award)
  • McKenna Long & Aldridge "Gilbert A. Cuneo" Government Contracts (spring, internal, one credit class only open to upper-level students, various awards for the best students)
  • First Year (spring, non-credit competition only open to first year students)
  • National Security Law (spring, external competition open to all law schools; in order to register and participate, a GW team must be sponsored by the Moot Court Board and/or secure a faculty coach)
  • National Veterans Law (fall, external competition open to all law schools; in order to register and participate, a GW team must be sponsored by the Moot Court Board and/or secure a faculty coach)

Past successes include:

  • 2014: won the University of North Carolina's 37th Annual J. Braxton Craven, Jr. Memorial Moot Court Competition and selected as Best Oralist
  • 2014: won the ABA Forum on Communications Law's 6th Annual First Amendment & Media Law Diversity Moot Court in Aventura, Florida and recognized as best brief
  • 2014: won the Charleston School of Law National Moot Court Competition in South Carolina and recognized as best oralist for the championship round
  • 2013: won the Harold H. Greene & Joyce Hens Green National Security Law Moot Court Competition
  • 2013: won the National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition
  • 2012: won the UCLA Cybercrimes Moot Court, Best Oralist and Best Brief
  • 2011: won the Gujarat National Law University International Moot Court Competition in India, Overall and for Best Oralist
  • 2011: won the Harold H. Greene & Joyce Hens Green National Security Law Moot Court Competition
  • 2011: won the KK Luthra Memorial Moot Court Competition at the University of Delhi, India
  • 2010: won the World Championship of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2010: won the Gujarat National Law University International Law Moot Court Competition in India, Overall and for Best Oralist
  • 2010: won the North American Championship of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
  • 2008: won first and third place in the Scribes Brief Writing Competition
  • 2008: won the Regional Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition
  • 2007: won the World Championship of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition in Hyderabad, India
  • 2006: won the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition in Seattle, Washington and recognized as best brief and second best oral advocate
  • 2006: won the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition in Washington, DC at the Court of Appeals for the Armed Services and awarded top oralist for the final round
  • 2005: won the World Championship of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 2005: won the National Center for Animal Law Moot Court Competition at Harvard Law School and selected as best oralist
  • 2003: won the Thomas Tang Regional in Nashville, Tennessee

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

This is an international law society composed of attorneys who seek to affirm the strength brought to law by a lawyer's personal religious convictions.

Annual Competition:

  • Religious Freedom Moot Court web site. Religious Freedom Moot Court (spring, external competition open to all law schools; in order to register and participate, a GW team must be sponsored by the Moot Court Board and/or secure a faculty coach)

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)

SALDF is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Past Successes Include:

  • 2010: won the Animal Law Legislative Drafting and Lobbying Competition
  • 2007: won the Animal Law Lesiglative Drafting and Lobbying Competition and selected as having the Best Bill and Fact Sheet
  • 2005: won the Animal Law Legislative Drafting and Lobbying Competition

Spotlight Item: Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition

Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition

Since 2006, five current members of the US Supreme Court have presided over the finals of the Van Vleck competition. View a video featuring Justice Kagan's participation in 2012.

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