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.
Final Round: Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:00p.m.
Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law
Please join us at finalists Kelsey Schuetz and Daniel Yablon argue before Judge David Tatel, United States Circuit Court Judge for the D.C. Circuit; Judge Michelle Friedland, United States Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Circuit; and Justice Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.
2019 Competition Information
Competitors are forbidden from receiving any outside help–including from fellow students–when writing their briefs and preparing oral arguments. However, the McBaine Student Director will host information sessions on brief-writing and oral argument for participants. Both the Student Director and the Advocacy Competitions Director will also be available for individual meetings throughout the competition.
Some additional helpful information:
- 2019 Competition Rules (you MUST read the Rules before reviewing the record)
- 2019 Competition Calendar
- 2019 Competition Record
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Helpful Materials (including winning briefs from past years)
- Previous Competition Winners
- Form for Side Preference, Schedule Conflicts, and Confirmation of Commitment (forthcoming)
- 2019 Brief Scoring Rubric (forthcoming)
- 2019 Oral Argument Scoring Rubric (forthcoming)
Congratulations to our 2018 finalist Brandon Orewyler ’18 and to our 2018 McBaine champion Grace Gohlke ’18! Congratulations also to Kiet Lam ’18 and Madeleine Wiseman ’18 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.