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National Appellate Advocacy Judges and Brief Graders

Brief Graders Registration, Information, and Materials
Brief Graders Materials

Oral Argument Judges Register Here

Oral Argument Judging Materials
The competition problem and bench memo will be emailed to all confirmed judges.
Judge Instructions
Select Rules for Oral Argument Judges

Finals Schedule and CLE Information
Chicago – April 2-3, 2020

Regional Schedules and CLE Information
Boston – March 5-7, 2020
Brooklyn – February 20-22, 2020
Oklahoma City – March 5-7, 2020
Philadelphia – February 20-22, 2020
San Francisco – February 27-29, 2020
Washington, DC – February 27-29, 2020

2019-20 Topic: Criminal Due Process
The year’s competition problem addresses two questions about the scope of the government’s duty under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) to disclose material exculpatory evidence to a criminal defendant. Specifically, the problem asks competitors to analyze: (1) whether the due-process principles outlined in Brady require the government to disclose exculpatory evidence before entering a plea agreement with a criminal defendant; and (2) whether to establish a Brady violation a criminal defendant must show that he could not have, with reasonable diligence, obtained the evidence that the government failed to disclose.

Volunteer Requirements
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.

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.

Contact Us
If you have any questions, please email us at competitions@americanbar….


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