National Appellate Advocacy Judges and Brief Graders
Brief Graders Registration, Information, and Materials
Brief Graders Materials
Oral Argument Judges Register Here
Finals Schedule and CLE Information
Regional Schedules and CLE Information
Boston – February 28-March 2, 2019
Brooklyn – March 7-9, 2019
Philadelphia – February 28-March 2, 2019
Portland – February 21-23, 2019
San Francisco – February 21-23, 2019
Washington, DC – March 7-9, 2019
2018-19 Topic: Eighth Amendment
This year’s problem explores whether the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment” places substantive limits on use of solitary confinement. Specifically, this problem considers whether (1) whether prolonged use of isolation itself violates the Eighth Amendment; and (2) whether placing adolescents in solitary confinement violates the Eighth Amendment.
All attorneys licensed in the US 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 needed.
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.
If you have any questions, please email us at competitions@americanbar….