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NAAC Judges


National Appellate Advocacy Judges and Brief Graders

Volunteer Oral Argument Judges Register Here

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
Select Rules for Oral Argument Judges

Finals Schedule and CLE Information
Washington, D.C. – National Finals (April 5-7)

Regional Schedule and CLE Information
Boston Regional (March 1-3)
Brooklyn Regional (February 22-24)
Chicago Regional (February 15-17)
Manhattan Regional (February 22-24)
Portland Regional (February 15-17)
San Francisco Regional (March 1-3)

Topic: ADA
This year’s competition focuses on when and how courts should apply Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) to law-enforcement operations. The first issue considers what, if any, accommodations in-the-field officers must make when approaching a suspect with a known mental disability. The second issue probes how the ADA applies to a non-custodial station-house interview of an individual with a known mental illness and intellectual impairment.

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.

Sponsorship Opportunity
The ABA is offering an opportunity to sponsor NAAC at the regional or national competitions to help support 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.

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