McBaine Moot Court Competition
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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Bill Fernholz, the Director of Appellate Programs, and Anne Gordon, the Advocacy Fellow, are also available for individual meetings throughout the competition.