The James Patterson McBaine Honors Competition is Berkeley Law’s premier advanced-level moot court competition and is open to all Berkeley Law second- and third-year JD students. The competition format is modeled after United States Supreme Court practice. Cases chosen for the competition involve cutting-edge issues of great public importance.
For the final round, we have hosted esteemed judges from the state and federal bench, notably: Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor; D.C. Circuit Judge David Tatel, Seventh Circuit Judge Diane Wood, Ninth Circuit Judges Marsha Berzon, Morgan Christen, William Fletcher, Sandra Ikuta, Mary Murguia, and Paul Watford; Northern District of California Judges Charles Breyer, Edward Chen, Jon Tigar, and Claudia Wilken; California Supreme Court Justices Kathryn Werdegar, Carol Corrigan, and Goodwin Liu; Alaska Supreme Court Justice Daniel Winfree; and others. Semifinal round judges have included California Court of Appeal justices and other federal court judges.
2018 McBaine Competition Information
Case information for the 2018 McBaine Competition will be posted in late Fall or early Spring.
Competitors are forbidden from using any outside help when writing their briefs and preparing oral arguments. However, the competition’s student director hosts 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 student director at any point in the process with questions or concerns. Sarah Wright-Schreiberg, the Advocacy Competitions Program Director, is available for individual meetings throughout the competition.
- 2018 Competition Schedule
- 2018 Competition Rules
- Form for Side Preference, Schedule Conflicts, and Confirmation of Commitment
- 2018 McBaine Record (forthcoming) (You MUST read the Competition Rules before reviewing the record)
- 2018 Brief Scoring Rubric
- 2018 Oral Argument Scoring Rubric
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Helpful Materials (including winning briefs from past years)
- Previous Competition Winners
Congratulations to Gregory Washington ’17 for winning the 2017 McBaine Competition, and to finalist Joseph Pazzano ’17! Congratulations also to Joseph Pazzano ’17 (Petitioner) and Jordan Bock ’17 (Respondent) for winning the Crowell & Moring Best Brief awards.
The McBaine Competition and Best Brief Award are made possible with generous support from Crowell & Moring LLP.