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NAAC Judges


National Appellate Advocacy Judges and Brief Graders

Thank you to the ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers for helping to invite volunteer judges!

Brief Graders Information and Materials

Brief Graders Materials

Oral Argument Judging Materials
The competition problem and bench memo will be emailed to all confirmed judges.

Instructions for Judging
Judge Training Materials
Updated Ballot
Select Rules for Oral Argument Judges

Finals Information

Chicago – National Finals (April 6-8)

Regional Information

Boston Regional (March 2-4)
Brooklyn Regional (February 16-18)
Philadelphia Regional (February 23-25)
San Francisco Regional (February 16-18)
St. Louis R
egional (February 23-25)
Washington, DC Regional (March 2-4)

Topic: Title IX’s Anti-discrimination Mandate
This year’s problem asks competitors to grapple with timely and challenging questions about the reach of Title IX’s anti-discrimination mandate and what role informal guidance from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights plays in defining that scope.  Specifically, the questions presented are: (1) does Title IX’s anti-discrimination mandate require that a university investigate an off-campus sexual assault that happened during the summer when that assault impacts a student’s ability to access educational opportunities; and (2) what deference should courts give to interpretive guidance from the Department of Education that comes through “Dear Colleague” letters and other informal means rather than through notice-and-comment rulemaking?

Sponsorship Opportunity
For the first time, the ABA is offering an opportunity to sponsor NAAC at the regional or national competitions. Please help us spread the word to law firms and individuals that may be interested in supporting this practice-like experience for law students. For details, please see our Sponsorship Invitation.

Competition Overview
NAAC is one of the most prestigious moot court competitions in the country. Competition judges will  interact with the finest advocates from law schools across the country.

Judges will sit as the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments presented by two person teams. Your role will be to assess the advocacy skills, judgment, and professionalism of the students arguing before you. Robes will be provided for all judges. We expect panels of 3-5 judges. Please review the Oral Argument Judging Materials above for more information.

Regional competitions have three preliminary rounds in which all teams will compete. Judges for these rounds will see two sets of teams during the round. The top 16 teams will advance based on their cumulative scores from all three preliminary rounds.

Judges for rounds 4 and 5 will see one set of teams. These rounds are head-to-head with the winner advancing to round 5 or the National Finals.

Volunteer Requirements
All attorneys are welcome to judge. You do not need not need appellate experience.

The ABA Law Student Division will provide a bench memorandum, the problem (record), and instructions on judging. Reviewing these materials is the only preparation required of competition judges.

All NAAC judges must be licensed attorneys in the US.

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