Duke Moot Court
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Duke Moot Court is a student-run undergraduate organization centered on an interest in Constitutional law, public speaking, debate, and pre-law studies. Every year we involve ourselves in two major engagements, competing in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s annual nationwide tournament, and hosting our own Duke Moot Court Annual High School Tournament. On top of this, we are eagerly striving to both increase our programming on campus and connect with other organizations outside of Duke, all in the hopes of expanding our organization.
The Travel Team
Welcome to the Duke Moot Court travel team! This highly selective team traveled to its first competition in November 2010 at Regents University in Virginia, as part of the 2010 American Collegiate Competition.
In 2015-2016, the travel team sent six members to Nationals. The travel team is looking to build upon a really strong year and achieve even stronger results this coming year!
Team members will prepare for the case prior to leaving, formulating arguments rooted in Constitutional law for both the petitioner and respondent sides. Members compete in pairs, relying upon each other to succinctly answer all questions put forth by the judges and to debate strongly and extemporaneously. Meetings to prepare for future competitions will teach team members the best ways to present a case and to debate.
The ability to compete in moot court at the undergraduate level is limited, making this traveling team a unique and exciting opportunity. Participating in a moot court competition enables strong oral argumentation, confidence and poise. Debate is about constantly growing in assurance and improving in performance, so all levels of experience are welcome to apply for the team and for specific competitions.
Case Law Committee and the High School Tournament
The Case Law Committee is responsible for designing and drafting the case prompt for the tournament Duke Moot Court hosts for high school teams from across the nation. The committee integrates complex Constitutional issues and contemporary events into an appellate case that the high school teams argue in model courtroom proceedings.
The 2016-2017 Executive Board
Jeffrey Ho is a senior double majoring in Statistics and Public Policy. Jeffrey is very interested in law and intends to attend law school after graduating from college. In addition to Moot Court, he is the president of his selective living group, a teaching assistant for Public Policy Studies 155, and a co-chair for the Seniors for Duke campaign.
Bill McCarthy is a sophomore with plans of a double major in Public Policy Studies and English. Having participated in both debate and moot court during high school, Bill joined Duke Moot Court’s travel team in the fall of his freshman year. On campus, Bill attends weekly Bible study sessions as a member of CRU, participates in a range of intramural activities, and is an active member of his selective living group. This past summer, Bill completed an internship for the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
Danielle Ives is a junior majoring in Political Science, minoring in Arabic and pursuing a secondary major in International Comparative Studies. Danielle participated in formal debate in high school through both Mock Trial and Model United Nations competitions. On campus, she is involved in Cooper Selective Living Group and works as a research assistant to Duke Professor Bruce Jentleson focusing on international conflict and the Middle East. She hopes to pursue a post-graduate degree in International Law and continue on to work in foreign affairs. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys working out, traveling and watching football.
Emily Ahlers is a sophomore with plans of majoring in public policy, minoring in French studies, and receiving the human rights certificate or the market and managements certificate. After participating in speech contests, plays, and musicals during high school, Emily joined Moot Court during freshman year. She is interested in international politics, human rights, international law, and Duke basketball. Outside of moot court, Emily is the co-chair of the Student Advisory Board at the Franklin Institute of Humanities, a member of Business Oriented Women (BOW), a student researcher for Bass Connections project: School Dropout Prevention in the Durham Public Schools, and a tutor for GANO.
Chair of Travel
Attyat Mayans is a junior studying Public Policy and Chinese. She has been on the Moot Court team since her freshman year at Duke. In addition to being involved with Moot Court, she conducts research through Bass Connections and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and is a part of Duke East Asia Nexus and the Center for Multicultural Affairs. After graduating from Duke, she intends on pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Policy.
Travel Team Co-Captain
Logan Kirkpatrick is a junior public policy and psychology double major who loves traveling abroad, going on long hikes, and (of course) participating in competitive forensics. In high school, Logan was involved in over fifteen speech and debate categories in four leagues, and he has continued his unhealthy obsession ever since. Aside from the moot court team, Logan is also part of the the Alexander Hamilton Society, Center for American Grand Strategy, Kenan Institute, Mock Trial, and the Undergraduate Law Review. In his spare time, Logan enjoys geeking out about Game of Thrones, spending absurd amounts of money at Red Mango, and making his opponents feel good about their basketball skills.
Travel Team Co-Captain
Natasha Torrens is a sophomore planning on majoring in Economics and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies. She is interested in public speaking, law, and international affairs. Though originally from Colorado, Natasha grew up moving around the US and the world, spending her high school years in Beijing, China. Outside of Moot Court, Natasha is involved with Duke Political Review, the debate team, Air Force ROTC, and research on Turkish-Kurdish relations. In her free time, Natasha enjoys hanging out with friends, avoiding academic responsibilities, and cheering on Duke basketball.
Case Law Committee Chair
Cassandra Williams is a sophomore planning on studying Electrical and Computer Engineering; she hopes that she can someday combine her STEM major with her passions for law and public speaking. Other than Moot Court, Cassandra is involved with Duke Engineers for International Development, with which she spent 6 weeks in Madagascar this past summer implementing a rainwater catchment system. And yes, she saw many lemurs. In her free time, Cassandra enjoys meditation, reading, and spending time outdoors with friends.
Michael Brunetti is a sophomore majoring in History and minoring in Political Science. Michael has participated in various debate organizations since beginning high school. On campus, he is involved in Duke Student Government, the Duke Catholic Center, and the Duke History Union. He hopes to attend law school after graduating from Duke. Michael enjoys chess, walking, racquetball, and golf.
2016 Qualifying Touranments
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Potential Travel Destinations
The Duke Moot Court travel team generally participates at three of the regional qualifying tournaments.
This Year's Collegiate Case
The High School Tournament
General Dates and Contact Information
Duke Moot Court 2016-2017 High School Tournament dates:
Please also note the following important contacts for questions and concerns:
The High School Case (2016 Tournament)