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National Appellate Advocacy Judges and Brief Graders

Brief Graders Registration, Information, and Materials
Brief Graders Materials

National Finals 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 8-10, 2021

Regional Schedules and CLE Information
Boston – February 17-20, 2021
San Francisco – February 17-20, 2021
Brooklyn – February 24-27, 2021
Chicago – February 24-27, 2021
Washington, DC – March 3-6, 2021
Oklahoma City – March 3-6, 2021

2020-21 Topic: Civil Rights Law
Framed in the context of a lawsuit regarding the First Amendment rights of a public employee, this year’s problem focuses on the qualified-immunity doctrine. The first issue considers how courts should define “clearly established law” within the current qualified-immunity doctrinal framework. The second issue focuses on whether the Supreme Court should modify or eliminate the current qualified-immunity doctrine.

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
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