UC Law Moot Court Competition

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2023
  • UCI Law


Message from Letitia Johnson Smith
Director of Judicial Relations
Moot Court Competition Executive Board
UC Irvine School of Law


It is with great pleasure that the Executive Board of the 2022–2023 UC Irvine School of Law Moot Court Competition invites you to serve as an oral argument judge for this year’s competition.

As a growing law school, we count on the local legal community to train and encourage our next generation of lawyers. We are incredibly grateful that we have been able to rely on local judges and attorneys each year to provide challenging questions and valuable feedback. This year, we have 52 student competitors. The students are eager to expand their legal skill set – and answer tough questions from the judges. We are asking for your expertise to give these students a truly challenging and constructive competition experience.
The oral argument schedule is as follows:

Preliminary Round I: January 31, February 1, 2, 3, and 4
Preliminary Round II: February 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11
Top 16 Elimination Round: February 23, 24, and 25
Quarterfinal Round: March 1 and 2
Semifinals: March 17

On weekdays, we will hold two sessions of concurrent rounds beginning at 7:00 p.m and ending at 9:00 p.m. On Saturdays, we will hold arguments from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For Saturday arguments, we ask judges to commit to either a morning session (10:00 - 1:00 p.m.) or afternoon session (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.), or both. Please be advised that Preliminary Rounds I & II will be held via Zoom and the remaining arguments will take place here at UCI Law. Prior to oral arguments, judges will receive a bench memorandum summarizing the relevant law and containing suggested questions for competitors. Meals and parking will be provided to judges by the Competition.  

The 2022-2023 Moot Court Competition is based on a fictional case, Dr. Helen Croix v. Aguefort University. The problem presents the following issues: Whether the termination of a university professor for statements made on a personal, public blog infringes upon the professor's Fourteenth Amendment liberty interest in her reputation or violates the professor's First Amendment free speech rights.

If you are able to donate your time during one or more of these dates and times, please email me at lawmootcourt@lawnet.uci.edu. Please include your email address and phone number, and also indicate your preference for the dates and times that you are available to judge the competition.

As you know, courtroom experience is pivotal to law students’ growth as young professionals. We rely on our community partners to assist us in providing this unique and vital opportunity to the next generation of Orange County attorneys. Thank you for your kind consideration of this invitation, and we hope that you can join us. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your time,

Moot Court Board

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