2L In-House Competition

moot court final round judged by Chief Justice John Roberts in 2008

Students in the In-House Competition work on a mock appellate problem before the United States Supreme Court. The final round of the competition is judged by active federal and state court judges. In past final rounds, KU students have argued before United States Supreme Court and Kansas Supreme Court justices, U.S. Circuit and U.S. District Court judges, and Kansas appellate and trial judges.

The 2012 panel consisted of Judge Julie Robinson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, Chief Justice Lawton Nuss of the Kansas Supreme Court and Steve Leben of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Chief Justice John Roberts helped judge the final round in 2008.

The subject area of the competition varies from year to year. Students choose their own partners and team. The top eight teams become members of KU's Moot Court Council in their third year of law school. Also in their third year, these teams represent KU in various national and international moot court competitions.

The law firm of Foulston Siefkin LLP provides prizes for the best oral advocates and for the authors of the best briefs in the competition.

Competition Videos:

2013 Foulston Siefkin Prizes for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy:

  • Best Oral Advocate: Aubrey Wilson
  • Finalists: Adrien Piercy, Whitney Novak, and David Barclay
  • Best Brief: Whitney Novak and David Barclay
  • Second Brief: Aubrey Wilson and Adrien Piercy

2012 Foulston Siefkin Prizes for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy:

  • Best Oral Advocate: Trent Byquist
  • Finalists: Rachel Nelson, Brianna Harris, Britt Lagemann
  • Best Brief: Bruno Simoes and Ryan Thornton
  • Second Brief: Trent Byquist and Rachel Nelson

2011 Foulston Siefkin Prizes for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy:

  • Best Oral Advocate: Rachel Sherck
  • Finalists: Jared Holloway, Jill Moenius, Eddie Penner
  • Best Brief: Evan Jarrold and Sean Foley
  • Second Brief: Rachel Sherck and Jared Holloway
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