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Team Handbook

Table of Contents:

  1. Team Rules and Regulations
    1. Team Information Sheet
    2. Team Practice Rounds Summary Sheet
  2. Responsibilities of Director, Student Members, and Faculty Advisor

  3. Academic Credit for Moot Court Participants (if applicable)

  4. Travel Waiver

  5. Individual Competition Problem and Rules and Regulations

  6. Sign-up Sheet for Oral Arguments

  7. Sign-up Sheet for Brief Deadlines

 


 

Team Rules and Regulations

 

General Rules and Regulations

  1. Team members confirm in writing that they will work on briefs and moots during holidays and breaks;
  2. A student may only participate in one moot court team in an academic year;
  3. A student member of a moot court team may be expelled by the Moot Court Academic Director on the advice of the Faculty Advisor if he/she does not meet deadlines or other moot requirements;
  4. Members of Moot Court teams must present oral arguments before a panel of judges approximately seven to ten times before the competition. The schedule for oral argument sessions must be submitted in writing to the Moot Court Director within a week of submitting the written briefs.

Student Member and Team Responsibilities

  1. Read and comply with Pace Law School and Moot Court Rules and Regulations.
  2. Provide the Moot Court Director with a copy of internal brief deadlines.
  3. Appoint a team leader immediately to make travel arrangements for the team, to drop off briefs to be photocopied; and help mail briefs for the competition.
  4. Set up oral practice rounds and weekly meetings with Faculty Advisor.
  5. As team leader, collect travel waiver from each team member.
  6. If conflict arises among team members, the team leader will first try to resolve the problem. If unsuccessful, the team leader will refer the matter to the Faculty Advisor.
  7. Discuss and obtain approval of all travel arrangements with Moot Court Director.  The Moot Court Director will advise students of budget guidelines and will make travel arrangements within those guidelines.  Students/Coaches/Advisors requesting travel in excess of the amount indicated by the Moot Court Director will be individually responsible for the cost difference of such travel plans.
  8. Discuss hotel reservations with Moot Court Director. The Moot Court Director will make arrangements for the hotel to be paid in advance if possible. If not, the students will be reimbursed for the room and all taxes. Students are responsible for telephone charges, movie rentals, and all other miscellaneous expenses.
  9. Arrange for duplicating of briefs at Document Services in Aloysia Hall, one week before they are due.
  10. Mail briefs to the competition in a timely manner.
  11. Insure that the competition is videotaped and that the law school receives a copy of the videotape and copies of any photographs.
  12. Submit meal receipts to the law school for reimbursement (if applicable).

                                                                                                          

Team Information Sheet

 

The Team Leader Must Return This Form to the Moot Court Director 
As Soon As Possible

Name of Moot:  _____________________________

Team Members:

____________________________________________

____________________________________________

____________________________________________

____________________________________________

 

Weekly Team Meeting Time is Scheduled for:

____________________________________________ 
(location will be arranged by Moot Director)

Team Leader:

____________________________________________

Team Leader Meeting is Scheduled with the Moot Court Director on:

____________________________________________

 

Team Faculty Advisor:  ___________________________

 

First Group Meeting with Faculty Advisor on:

_____________________________________________

 

Brief(s) are due on:  _____________________________

Brief(s) and a copy of brief(s) on disk will be given to Moot Court Director one week prior to submission deadline to insure that copies are made, and that briefs are sent out, in a timely manner. The Moot Court Director will have the brief(s) and diskette by the following date: ____________________________________________

The Actual Competition is on the following date: ____________________________________________

at the following location: ____________________________________________

Please check the following box:

_____  The Pace Moot Court Program Rules were read and will be complied with.

_____  Internal Team Problems will be addressed with the Faculty Advisor as soon
              as possible.

_____  If a member of the Team is not fully participating and is not meeting team
              requirements, the Faculty Advisor will be notified as soon as possible.

_____  The National Moot Rules were read and will be complied with.

_____  The Moot Court Problem was received.

 

Team Practice Round Summary Sheet

 

Name of Moot: ________________________________

Team Members:

 ____________________________________________

 ____________________________________________

 ____________________________________________

 ____________________________________________

 

Oral Practice Round One:

Date:_______________________________________________________

Judges:_____________________________________________________

Please indicate if any team members did not participate:

___________________________________________________________

 

Oral Practice Round Two:

Date:______________________________________________________

Judges:____________________________________________________

Please indicate if any team members did not participate:

__________________________________________________________

 

Oral Practice Round Three

Date:_____________________________________________________

 Judges:__________________________________________________

 Please indicate if any team members did not participate:

_________________________________________________________

 

Oral Practice Round Four

Date:_____________________________________________________

 Judges:__________________________________________________

 Please indicate if any team members did not participate:

_________________________________________________________

 

Oral Practice Round Five

Date:_____________________________________________________

 Judges:__________________________________________________

 Please indicate if any team members did not participate:

_________________________________________________________

 

Oral Practice Round Six

Date:_____________________________________________________

 Judges:__________________________________________________

 Please indicate if any team members did not participate:

_________________________________________________________

 

Oral Practice Round Seven

Date:_____________________________________________________

 Judges:__________________________________________________

 Please indicate if any team members did not participate:

_________________________________________________________

 

Oral Practice Round Eight

Date:_____________________________________________________

 Judges:__________________________________________________

 Please indicate if any team members did not participate:

_________________________________________________________

 

Oral Practice Round Nine

Date:_____________________________________________________

 Judges:__________________________________________________

 Please indicate if any team members did not participate:

_________________________________________________________

 

Oral Practice Round Ten

Date:_____________________________________________________

 Judges:__________________________________________________

 Please indicate if any team members did not participate:

_________________________________________________________

 

Formal In-house Moot Open to the Public is scheduled for (if applicable):

_________________________________________________________

 

Actual Competition is in (city)_____________________ on the following

dates____________________________________________________.

 

                                                                                                 

Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Board Responsibilities

The Moot Court Board is selected in the Spring by the current Moot Court Board in conjunction with the director.

  • Administer and run all aspects of the first year moot court competitions and assist in all aspects of the administration of the Grand Moot Court 
  • Assist in internal and external trial competitions
  • Set up all components of the internal tryout;
  • Set up all room assignments and other Pace Law School equipment requirements with Special Events  Coordinator and attend calendar meetings;
  • Oversee that photocopies of briefs are made one week before they are due;
  • Oversee that the briefs are sent out in a timely manner
  • Assist team leaders in sending out briefs to Competition headquarters; 
  • Arrange practice sessions with team leader; 
  • Assist in setting up final public in-house moot practices; 
  • Handle correspondence and distribution of briefs to law school faculty and outside judges;
  •  Report to the Pace Law School community on teams' performance; 
  • Assist in managing the Pace Law School Moot Court Program Website; 
  • Assist the Director and the Administrator in the various administrative components of the competitions as well as preparation of the moot court budget.
  • Propose policies and procedures for Moot Court teams and competitions and work with the Director in the development of the overall Moot Court program in the law school.

Student Member and Team Responsibilities

  1. Read and comply with Pace Law School and Moot Court Rules and Regulations.
  2. Provide the Moot Court Director with a copy of internal brief deadlines.
  3. Appoint a team leader immediately to make travel arrangements for the team, to drop off briefs to be photocopied; and help mail briefs for the competition.
  4. Set up oral practice rounds and weekly meetings with Faculty Advisor.
  5. If team can drive to competition, arrange for car rental.
  6. As team leader, collect travel waiver from each team member.
  7. If conflict arises among team members, the team leader will first try to resolve the problem. If unsuccessful, the team leader will refer the matter to the Faculty Advisor.
  8. Make travel arrangements. The Moot Court Director will provide budget guidelines to the students and Faculty Advisor. Expenditures in excess of the amount indicated by the Moot Court Director is the responsibility of student incurring such expenditures.
  9. Make hotel reservations. The Moot Court Director will make arrangements for the hotel to be paid in advance if possible. If not, the students will be reimbursed for the room and all taxes. Students are responsible for telephone charges, movie rentals, and all other miscellaneous expenses.
  10. Arrange for duplicating of briefs at Document Services in Aloysia Hall, one week before they are due.
  11. Mail briefs to the competition in a timely manner.
  12. Insure that the competition is videotaped and that the law school receives a copy of the videotape and copies of any photographs.
  13. Submit meal receipts to the law school for reimbursement (if applicable).

Faculty Advisor

  1. Work at least once a week on substantive law issues and on oral arguments;
  2. Resolve Team conflicts and other issues that may arise;
  3. Make all decisions on which team members will give oral arguments at the Competition and who will be limited to research and writing briefs;
  4. Evaluate student performance and give all grades in Law 872.