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Moot Court

Moot Court is a simulation of appellate argument in which students must present her case before a panel of judges who question the students about the facts and law of their case.  The judges are lawyers, as well as federal and state court judges.

Approximately 65 students from Universities across the country compete each Fall in the American Collegiate Moot Court regional competition. The California Moot Court Classic Invitational takes place in Spring and includes Universities throughout California.

The Mount Saint Mary’s Moot Court Team Has Received the Following Honors:

Spring 2021

  • Oral Advocate Award (7th), California Classic Moot Court Invitational – Jaden Balsman

Fall 2020

  • Oral Advocate Award (8th), Windy City Regionals Loyola Chicago – Jaden Balsman

Spring 2016

  • Oral Advocate Award (1st), California Classic Moot Court Invitational – Melanie Sava
  • Oral Advocate Award (6th ), California Classic Moot Court Invitational – Karla Ballesteros

Fall 2015

  • Oral Advocate Award (12th), American Collegiate Moot Court Association – Karla Ballesteros
  • Oral Advocate Award (14th), American Collegiate Moot Court Association – Melanie Sava

Spring 2014

  • Winning Team, California Moot Court Classic Invitational – Claudia Garcia & Viridiana Aceves
  • Oral Advocate Award (1st), California Classic Moot Court Invitational – Melanie Sava
  • Oral Advocate Award (4th), California Classic Moot Court Invitational – Claudia Garcia

Fall 2013

  • Oral Advocate Award (12th), American Collegiate Moot Court Association – Melanie Sava
  • Oral Advocate Award (13th), American Collegiate Moot Court Association – Claudia Garcia
  • Oral Advocate Award (18th), American Collegiate Moot Court Association – Karla Ballesteros

Fall 2012

  • Oral Advocate Award (8th), American Collegiate Moot Court Association – Giovanna Victorino
  • Oral Advocate Award (18th), American Collegiate Moot Court Association – Claudia Garcia

Spring 2010

  • Nationals, American Collegiate Moot Court Association, Miami, Florida, Ezra Azzopardi and Yevgeniya Kutepova (6th)

Spring 2009

  • Oral Advocate Award, California Moot Court Classic Invitational – Richelle Menendez

Fall 2008

  • Oral Advocate Award, American Collegiate Moot Court Association – Yevgeniya Kutepova