The Moot Court Honor Society is a competition-based organization at Cardozo. In addition to participating in approximately six competitions each semester, the organization also hosts the Paulsen Intramural Moot Court Competition in the fall, as well as the Monroe Price Media Law Competition, the Cardozo/BMI Moot Court Competition, and Langfan Oratorical Competition each spring.
The Moot Court Honor Society is structured like a publication, with oralists, editors, and staff selected on the basis of grades, writing ability, and oral advocacy skills. The organization is entirely student run and is advised by Professor Michael Herz. Selected students participate in numerous national and regional moot court competitions, writing advocacy briefs for competitions and preparing for oral argument. Members also prepare the problems and bench memos for interscholastic and intramural competitions.
Monroe Price Media Law Competition
Established by the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at the University of Oxford in 2008, the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme aims to foster and cultivate interest in freedom of expression issues and the role of the media and information technologies in societies around the world.
The Competition is currently comprised of six Regional Rounds (South Asia, Asia-Pacific, South East Europe, North East Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas) and the selective International Rounds held in Oxford.
The Regional Rounds in the Americas of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition are held annually at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and organized in association with Cardozo Law, the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
Langfan Family Constitutional Oratorical Competition
The Langfan Family Constitutional Oratorical Competition has recognized student excellence in public speaking and rhetoric since its establishment in 2001. Langfan is not a traditional moot court competition. Rather, it is an oratorical competition in which competitors deliver a short uninterrupted speech on a constitutional topic.
BMI Moot Court Competition
In 1984, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law first hosted an Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition. The fourth competition, in 1987, marked the beginning of BMI's (Broadcast Music, Inc., the performing rights organization) involvement and cosponsorship of the competition. Over the years, the competition has grown in both involvement and stature, attracting competitors from law schools across the country.
The Monrad G. Paulsen Competition
The Monrad G. Paulsen Competition, named after Cardozo's first Dean, is an intramural competition, sponsored by the Moot Court Honor Society, which provides a forum for second and third year students to compete for recognition as Cardozo's best advocates. All upper level students are eligible to participate. Entrants write briefs which are evaluated by the Moot Court Honor Society Editorial Board and faculty members. Entrants then participate in an "elimination style" oral advocacy tournament which is judged by faculty, practicing attorneys and judges. Students submit a brief on one of the two issues of law before the court and orally argue both issues over several nights of competition. Students with the best oral and written scores advance progressively to semi-final and final rounds. On the basis of their performance in the competition, some participants are invited to join the Moot Court Honor Society.
SPRING 2021 MOOT COURT HONOR SOCIETY
Vincent Kappel & Regan Samson
Executive Teams Editor
Inclusion Committee Chair
Matthew S. Jacobs