Registration is open for The Florida Bar’s Annual High School Appellate Brief Writing & Moot Court Competition
The highest-scoring teams will proceed to the finals in which they will argue before the Florida Supreme Court
The Florida Bar is now accepting applications for those wanting to compete in its annual High School Appellate Brief Writing & Moot Court Competition, an event that provides Florida students with “a unique and enriching experience in the world of law and advocacy.”
This competition offers high school students the opportunity to gain a first-hand understanding of the appellate process by engaging in brief-writing and oral argument exercises based on a fictitious case.
“The Bar’s annual moot court competition is one of the finest traditions for promoting legal education and inspiring the next generation of legal professionals,” President Scott Westheimer said. “While fostering an appreciation for our legal system, moot court requires students to hone their analytical and advocacy abilities – skills that will serve them the rest of their lives. The competition serves as an embodiment of our commitment to education, community engagement, and the promotion of legal excellence.”
The competition, sponsored by the Bar’s Law Related Education Committee, is open to high school students across Florida. Students work in teams of two, coached by a teacher or qualified sponsor, to draft a brief for either the petitioner or the respondent, using only the cases, citations, and legal authorities provided in the case problem.
“This event not only provides an in-depth understanding of legal processes but also enhances critical thinking, research, and public speaking skills,” said Patricia Elizabeth Carbone, chair of the Law Related Education Committee. “It’s an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable skills that will benefit them academically and in their future careers.”
District competition winners will advance to the state finals in Tallahassee where they will present their arguments before a panel of appellate judges. The highest-scoring teams will proceed to the finals in which they will argue before the Florida Supreme Court. In addition to an overall winner, awards will be presented for the Best Brief and Best Oralist, recognizing both exceptional individual and team achievements.
As they showcase their legal acumen and oral advocacy skills, participants in The Florida Bar High School Appellate Brief Writing & Moot Court Competition have the opportunity to interact with legal professionals, learn about the legal system, and prepare for higher education, according to to the committee.
For more information about the competition and registration details, visit www.floridabar.org/flmootcourt.