National Moot Court

Coaches
Larry Howell, Associate Dean & Professor
Andrew King-Ries, Professor

This competition, the oldest and largest in the country, is open only to third-year students, six of whom will be selected. Team members earn two credits.  They attend a day-long training session right before school starts in August and devote a significant amount of time during fall semester to writing the brief and practicing oral argument.  Despite the time and effort required, students who participate consistently describe National Moot Court as the most valuable experience they had in law school because of the skills they developed.

National Moot Court involves briefing and arguing a case, generally concerning statutory or constitutional issues, in the United States Supreme Court. Each three-student team writes a brief that is due in mid-October. Then the teams practice their oral arguments about four times a week until the Northwest Regional Competition in November. The top two teams from each of the country’s 15 regional competitions advance to the week-long National Competition, held in January or February at the New York City Bar Association in mid-town Manhattan, which sponsors the competition in conjunction with the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In recent decades, University of Montana teams have an unrivaled record of success in the Northwest Regional Competition, which includes public and private law schools in Oregon, Washington, Utah, Idaho, and Montana. UM teams have won the national championship twice and have advanced to the National Finals 15 of the last 21 years, including an unprecedented 10 years in a row, by taking first place in the region nine times and second place another six. During that period, UM teams also won the region's award for best brief nine times, including three of the last four years. In 2018-2019, a UM team not only won the best-brief award and finished first in the regional competition, it then finished third at the National Competition where its brief was judged best in the nation.  

All rising third-year students in good academic standing are eligible for the teams. Team members are selected after open tryouts in the spring of their second year of law school and enroll for two credits of the appropriate section of Law 699 in the fall semester.

 

2018-2019: NORTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPION

Erin Lyndes, Calder Thingvold, and Kirsi Luther also won the best-brief award at both the regional and national competitions.  Luther was named the region's top oral advocate. They finished third overall in the national competition. 

 

2016-2017: NORTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPION

Anne Sherwood, Eli Inabnit, and Vicki Detman also won the best-brief award.

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2015-2016: NORTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPION

Jason Collins, Hannah Seifert, and Adam Wade.  Wade was named the region's top oral advocate. UM's other team of Carrie Gibadlo, Paige Griffith, and Tyler Stockton won the best-brief award and finished second in the region.

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 2012-2013: 2nd PLACE NORTHWEST REGIONAL COMPETITION

Nick Brooke, Talasis Brooks, and Tiffany Nunnally.  Bryan Dake on UM's other team was named the region's top oral advocate.

2010 Moot Court

2010-2011: NORTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPION

Jenny Jourdonnais, Rob Olsen, and Scott Peterson also won the best-brief award.  Olsen was named the region's top oral advocate.

2007 Moot Court

2007-2008: 2nd PLACE NORTHWEST REGIONAL COMPETITION

Angela Wetzsteon, Sabrina Hansen, and Erica Grinde.  Summer Nelson on UM's other team was named the region's top oral advocate.

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2006-2007: 2nd PLACE NORTHWEST REGIONAL COMPETITION

Brian Miller, Isaac Kantor, and Megan Dishong.

2005 Moot Court

2005-2006: NORTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPION

Jill Petersen Laslovich, Jonathan McDonald, Paul Shea.  UM's other team of Joe Gillis, Becky Rutz, and Margaret Weamer won the best-brief award at the regional competition. 


2004 regional Moot Court Champions

2004-2005: NORTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPION

Matt Thuesen, Whitney Welsh, and Jeff Roth.  Their appellate brief won the best-brief award at the regional competition and was judged the second-best brief at the national competition

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2003-2004: 2nd PLACE NORTHWEST REGIONAL COMPETITION

Christina Bruner, Colin Good, and Jason Ritchie.

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2002-2003: 2nd PLACE NORTHWEST REGIONAL COMPETITION

Brad Aklestad, Elaine Dahl, and Angie Griner.

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2001-2002: 2nd PLACE NORTHWEST REGIONAL COMPETITION

Alex Hart, Kyle Karinen, and Meghan Morris.

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2000-2001: NORTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPION

Amy Eddy, Chris Newbold, and Erika Peterman also won the best-brief award.

2000 National Moot Court Champions

1999-2000: NORTHWEST REGIONAL AND NATIONAL CHAMPION

Bobbi Frazer, John Mudd, and Taryn Hart, coached by Professors Melissa Harrison and Larry Howell.  Their appellate brief won the best-brief award at the regional competition and was judged the second-best brief at the national competition.  

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1998-1999: NORTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPION

Karen Bridges, Brandy Cutting, and Rod Souza also won the best-brief award.  Cutting was named the region's top oral advocate.

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1996-1997: 2nd PLACE NORTHWEST REGIONAL COMPETITION

Jennifer Boatwright, Cathy Lewis, and Lance Lundvall.  UM's other team of Natalie Adams, Collette Baumgardner, and Justin Stark won the best-brief award.

 

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1980-1981: NORTHWEST REGIONAL AND NATIONAL CHAMPION

Carey Matovich and Karl Seel.