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Moot Court Problems in the Supreme Court

Developed to help students with brief writing and oral advocacy for the Supreme Court of the United States moot court problems. This presentation is intended for educational use and should not be relied on in any way for legal practice and/or advice.

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Moot Court Problems in the Supreme Court

  1. 1. Moot Court: Timeline withSelect Resources**Developed to help students with brief writing and oral advocacy for the Supreme Court of the United States moot court problems
  2. 2. Reviewing the MootCourt ProblemReview the Record• Identify key issues and factsthat were preserved in therecord• Gain familiarity in that areaof law (e.g., consult atreatise on the subject)• Read and know key casesthat pertain to the issue(s)that are appealable. Manyof these cases will be citedin the lower courtdecisions.• Resources: Moot CourtPacket; Legal Treatises --consult the Treatise FinderLibguide; and LegalDatabases (Westlaw,LexisNexis, Bloomberg)Gain a General Understandingof the Supreme CourtAppellate Procedure• has agreat general overview ofthe Supreme CourtProcedureTackling the Brief Research for theBriefOral ArgumentsBrief Writing Resources• Research the Rules of theSupreme Court of the UnitedStates for briefing requirements.Great Resources include:• Supreme Court Practice(9th ed. 2007). KF8742.St45 2007/ 10th fl.• Sources for crafting persuasiveand effective arguments:• Ruggero J. Aldisert,• Winning on Appeal:Better Briefs and OralArguments (2nd ed.2003)• Check out party briefs throughSCOTUSblog’s Merit Cases Page.• Library Guides for Moot CourtCompetitions:- Boston College’s Moot CourtResearch Help (Link)- Rutgers Law Library Moot CourtResearch Guides (Link)Researching the Law• Are you researching a federalor state legal issue (e.g.,diversity jurisdiction)?• Researching the law:- Is there a Libguideon that area of law?- For constitutionalissues, check outGeorgetown LawLibrary’s ConstitutionalLaw & History ResearchGuide (Link)• Finding Case Law or statutoryinformation:- Did you review the topicin AMJUR 2d?- Did you review thecorresponding legal keyin West’s Federal PracticeDigest (Catalog Records)AND/OR did youperform a key search onWestlaw?- For Statutory issues, did youconsult an annotatedUnited States Code(U.S.C.A. or U.S.C.S)?Oral Argument Guidance• Bryan A. Garner,T The Winning Oral• A Argument (2009).KF 8870.G37 2009/ 6th fl.William K. Suter,Guide for Counselin Cases Appearingto be Argued beforethe Supreme Courtof the United States(2012) (Link)Alan L. Dworsky,The Little Book onOral Argument(1991).KF 8870 .D89 1991 /6th fl.You can go theSCOTUS’s ArgumentAudio Page tolisten to SCOTUS oralarguments (Link)