Emory Law Moot Court Society

The Moot Court Society is a competive, student-run organization that provides experiential opportunities to develop oral advocacy and brief-writing skills. Emory Law students organize and host the annual Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition, held at Emory Law in the Fall semester.

6th Annual Emory University School of Law Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition

October 10-12, 2014
Emory University School of Law

The competition is limited to thirty (30) teams. All schools are limited to two (2) teams, each of which may be comprised of two (2) or three (3) students.

Are you volunteering as a judge? Register here »

Registration and Fees

  • Registration begins May 27, 2014.
  • Fees: Early bird rates are $500 for the first team and an additional $450 for the second. All fees must be postmarked by July 25 to receive the early bird rate. After July 25, the fees are $550 for the first team and $475 for the second. Registration fees must be postmarked by Sept. 1 to confirm your program’s spot.
  • Team list: Schools do not need to provide the names of the competing students at the time of registration.
  • Registration ends September 1, 2014.
  • Register here if paying by check.
  • Register here if paying by credit card.

2014 CRAL Competition Rules 

2014 CRAL Problem

The 2014 problem will be made available on this website on Friday, August 1, 2014, along with all other rules and important dates.

There will be three preliminary rounds before any elimination. Certificates will be given to the best briefs, best preliminary round oralists, and winning team.

We have set aside a limited number of hotel rooms at the Courtyard Marriott, Decatur » Teams receive a discounted double room rate of $124.00 per night if they reserve their rooms prior to Thursday, September 18, 2014. When you contact the hotel, let them know that you're with the Emory Law CRAL Competition.

  • Phone Number: 404.371.0204
  • Address: 130 Clairemont Avenue; Decatur, Georgia 30030 (2.2 miles from Emory Law)
  • Transportation: Emory Moot Court Society will provide vans to transport teams between the hotel and Emory Law

Participating Schools

  • Baylor University
  • Faulkner University
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Michigan State University
  • New York Law School
  • North Carolina Central University
  • St. John's University
  • St. Mary's University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of San Diego
  • Vermont Law School


  • 2013 CRAL Best Team: Faith Johnson and Kelsey Warren, Baylor University (Team Q)
  • 2013 CRAL Runner-Up Best Team: Andrew Lee and David Hommel, St. John's University (Team AA)
  • 2013 CRAL Best Brief: Allison Hill and Antoinette Newberry, University of Georgia (Team J)
  • 2013 CRAL Top 5 Briefs:
  • Allison Hill and Antoinette Newberry, University of Georgia (Team J)
  • Kelli Rockandel and Zachary Chen, Vermont Law School (Team U)
  • David Hommel and Andrew Lee, St. John's University (Team AA)
  • NaKeisha Baptiste and Charles Pearson, Florida Coastal School of Law (Team L)
  • Carrie Johnson and Alex Aronov, University of San Diego (Team V)
  • 2013 CRAL Best Oralist: Kelsey Warren, Baylor University
  • 2013 CRAL Top 5 Oralists:
  • Kelsey Warren, Baylor University
  • Kacie Smith, Michigan State University
  • David Hommel, St. John's University
  • Faith Johnson, Baylor University
  • Andrew Lee, St. John's University

2014-2015 Executive Board of Directors

  • Director in Chief: Darrel Ambrosini
  • Director of Standards: Aaron Esman
  • Director of CRAL: Miriam Gutman
  • Director of Alumni Engagement: Ariel Fenster
  • Director of Finance and Operations: Mike Merar
  • Director of Special Teams: Nick Anderson
  • Director of Intra-School Competitions: Ciera Logan
  • Director of Communications and Events: Kaeley Russo

3L Members

  • Elaina Al-Nimri
  • Darrel Ambrosini
  • Dave Anderson
  • Nick Anderson
  • Adwoa Asante
  • Aneliese Baugus
  • Ashley Baxter
  • Anna Beaton
  • Austin Bernstein
  • Phil Biegler
  • Will Carson
  • Vickie Chung
  • Katherine DeRosa
  • James Dolphin
  • Jordan Edwards
  • Aaron Esman
  • Ariel Fenster
  • Emily Fiscus
  • Hannah Goodwin
  • Miriam Gutman
  • Harrison Jones
  • Ciera Logan
  • Daphne McGee
  • Kedar Mehta
  • Mike Merar
  • Erin Prutow
  • Heather Purdy
  • Kaeley Russo
  • Brett Schlossberg
  • Dana Schulman
  • Kristian Smith
  • Kamber Stefany
  • David Stewart
  • Andrew Troianos
  • Campbell Williamson

2L Members

  • Miguel Aristizabal
  • Joseph Bearden
  • Gillian Blitzer
  • Graham Burkhalter
  • Amanda Buxton
  • Joshua Carmel
  • Ned Dutton
  • Mack Emerson
  • Michael Farag
  • Elizabeth Foreman
  • Caroline Gieser
  • Jeffrey Higel
  • Laura Beth Jackson
  • Sarah Josey
  • Joshua Karr
  • Malika Kaushal
  • Andrew Kim
  • Raquel Leibovitch
  • Karolina Majewski
  • Daniel Marin-Finn
  • Michael Mauceri
  • Christen Morgan
  • Dewitt Perkins
  • Natalie Prince
  • Samantha Rayborn
  • Alaina Reukauf
  • Jennifer Rosenbaum
  • Christopher Roth
  • Patrick Seamens
  • Hana Shatila
  • Toby Tatum
  • Amelia Todd
  • Hannah Wahlen
  • Je'leah Wiggins
  • Melonie Wright
  • Keely Youngblood
  • Michael Zuckerman

2013-2014 National Teams

The Emory Moot Court Society welcomes the 2013-2014 National Teams
  • Team 1:  MaryGrace Bell, Hunter Robinson, and Kyle Winchester (coached by Gabe Gladstone)
  • Team 2:  Yousef Annab, Justin Chay, and Chris Jackson (coached by Kate Aiello)

For information about the teams, please contact Gabe Gladstone (ggladst@emory.edu) or Kate Aiello (kathryn.m.aiello@emory.edu)

American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition Team

  • Competitors: Austin Bernstein, Aaron Esman
  • Coaches: Lillian Martin, Hunter Robinson

Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Competition Team

  • Competitors: Kedar Mehta, Brett Schlossberg
  • Coaches: Kate Aiello, Adam Dennett

Duberstein Bankruptcy Competition Team

  • Competitors: Elaina Al-Nimri, Vickie Chung, James Dolphin, Ciera Logan
  • Coaches: Victoria Arena, Megan Ballard, Seth Weiland, Kyle Winchester

Evans Constitutional Law Competition Team

  • Competitors: Emily Fiscus, Kaeley Russo
  • Coaches: Chris Manzer, Kaylee Niemasik

Georgia Intrastate Competition Team

  • Competitors: Anna Beaton, Sarah Josey, Daphne McGee, Michael Merar, Kamber Stefany, Campbell Williamson
  • Coaches: Johanna Cochran, Chris Jackson, Scott McMahan, Katie Whang

Gibbons Criminal Procedure Competition Team

  • Competitors: Darrel Ambrosini, Nick Anderson
  • Coaches: Lauren Brenner, Ellis Izlar

Jessup International Law Competition Team

  • Competitors: Will Carson, Harrison Jones, Miriam Gutman, Kristian Smith
  • Coaches: Justin Chay, Jodi Greenberg, Anam Ismail, Pooya Shoghi Ghalenhshahi

Kaufman Securities Law Competition Team

  • Competitors: Phil Biegler, Heather Purdy
  • Coaches: Yousef Annab, Katie Jackson

NYU Immigration Law Competition Team

  • Competitors: Adwoa Asante, Ana Baugus
  • Coaches: Elizabeth Lopez, Laura Rivera

Saul Lefkowitz Intellectual Property Competition Team

  • Competitors: Katherine DeRosa, Jordan Edwards Dana Schulman, David Stewart
  • Coaches: Alyssa Baskam, Steven Justus, Allison Ng, Michael Wiseman

Tulane Sports Law Competition Team

  • Competitors: Erin Prutow, Andrew Troianos
  • Coaches: Rebecca Hallum, Maria Piva

Vanderbilt First Amendment Law Competition Team

  • Competitors: David Anderson, Ashley Baxter
  • Coaches: MaryGrace Bell, Sulina Gabale

Wagner Labor and Employment Law Competition Team

  • Competitors: Ariel Fenster, Hannah Goodwin
  • Coaches: Gabriel Gladstone, Amelia Grubbs

Wechsler First Amendment Law Competition Team

  • Competitors: Kaylee Niemasik, Michael Wiseman
  • Coach: Maria Piva


Membership in Moot Court Society is open to all full-time students, properly enrolled in Emory Law with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.35 and who satisfy the requirements of the membership listed below. Students enrolled in any joint JD degree program are considered properly enrolled for the purpose of membership, provided that other eligibility requirements are met.

Moot Court Society is comprised of 70 members. To satisfy the requirements for membership, a candidate must successfully compete in one intra-school competition and one interschool competition. On the basis of their brief-writing and oral advocacy scores in an intra-school competition, competitors will be placed on one of our special teams, and have the opportunity to compete in various interschool competitions around the country. When candidacy requirements have been satisfactorily met, these 70 candidates become eligible for membership in Moot Court Society.

Special Teams

Moot Court Society's Special Teams have a long tradition of excellence in appellate advocacy, winning many moot court competitions around the country. 

  • American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Competition in New York City
  • Duberstein Bankruptcy Competition in New York City
  • Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Georgia Intra-State Competition in Georgia
  • Gibbons Criminal Procedure Competition in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jessup International Law Competition
  • Irving R. Kaufman Securities Law Competition in New York City
  • NYU Immigration Law Competition in New York City
  • Saul Lefkowitz Intellectual Property Competition in Washington, D.C.
  • Tulane Sports Law Competition in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Vanderbilt First Amendment Competition in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Wagner Labor and Employment Law Competition in New York City.

In addition, Emory sends a team to compete in the National Moot Court Competition every year.