McBaine Moot Court Competition


2015 Competition

Enrollment for the 2015 McBaine Moot Court Competition is NOW OPEN!  This year, the problem will be a fascinating First Amendment problem that you won't want to miss.  Practice your written and oral advocacy skills, learn new ones, and have the chance to argue in front of our panel of judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals:

  • Judge Mary Murguia
  • Judge Morgan Christen
  • Judge Paul Watford 

Sign up now, and we'll see you in the courtroom!  (Rules and other case information TBA in December.) 

If you have questions, please contact this year's student competition directors, Katherine DeMocker at or Yasmin Emrani at The directors will also be holding office hours in Zeb on Tuesday, December 2 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM and Thursday, December 4 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  Feel free to swing by for a quick study break and some free food.

2014 Competition

CONGRATULATIONS to Joe Santiesteban '14 for winning this year's McBaine championship!  And to Jessica Diaz '14 (for Petitioner) and Anuradha Sivaram '14 (for Respondent) for winning the Crowell & Moring Best Brief awards.  Please click here for Jessica's brief and Anuradha's brief.  Click here for more photos from the finals.

Congratulations also to the other competitors in a truly incredible competition:

 For Petitioner United States
 For Respondent Nosal
 B. Jamie Yood (finalist)
Joe Santiesteban (finalist)
 Jordan Clark
 Aida Ashouri
 Jessica Diaz*
 Brady Blasco*
 Ashley Eickof*  Samuel Diaz
 Kevin Kraft
 Nathaniel Miller**
 Alex Li
 John Muse-Fisher
 R. Stuyvie Pyne** Anuradha Sivaram*
 Efan Wu
 Lauren Smith

** semifinalist   *quarterfinalist

The James Patterson McBaine Honors Competition is Boalt Hall's moot court competition and is open to all Boalt second- and third-year law students. The Competition format is modeled after U.S. Supreme Court practice. Cases chosen for the competition involve cutting-edge issues of great public importance. This year's case is US v. Nosal. The case concerns a federal criminal prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

For the final round of our 2013-2014 competition, we are proud to welcome President Janet Napolitano, former Governor of Arizona, former Secretary of Homeland Security, and current President of the University of California; California Supreme Court Justice and Berkeley faculty member Goodwin Liu, and Hon. Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge of the Northern District Court of California, and a 1975 Boalt alumna. 

The final round of the competition is one of Boalt's premier appellate advocacy events.  All students are welcome to attend and celebrate the achievements of the advocates.

The McBaine competition and Best Brief Award are made possible with generous support from Crowell & Moring LLP.

Competitors are forbidden from using any outside help when writing their briefs and preparing oral arguments. However, the Competition's Directors host office hours before the brief is due to provide participants an opportunity to discuss the case, brief-writing, and oral argument preparation. Competitors are also welcome to email the Directors at any point in the process with questions or concerns.  Bill Fernholz, the Director of Appellate Programs, and Anne Gordon, the Advocacy Fellow, are also available for individual meetings throughout the competition.