Stone Moot Court Competition 2017

The Edward C. Stone Moot Court Competition is only open to all second-year JD students,* and runs from late September through mid-November. Students work in teams of two on one of three moot court problems. The Stone participants with the highest combined brief and oral argument scores are invited to participate in the second semester Homer Albers Prize Moot Court Competition. (Note that the number of students invited to participate in the Homer Albers Prize competition may vary based on the number of students competing in Stone, but will be between 16 and 32 students.) Jen Taylor McCloskey, the Associate Director of the Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program, will hold an informational meeting for all interested participants on September 11 (see below). The competition prize winners and Albers invitees will be announced at an awards reception on November 16.

Students do not receive academic credit for their participation in moot court, but participation in Stone is a prerequisite for participation on any of BU Law’s school-funded 3L moot court teams, including teams organized by students and student groups.

*Second-year students who transferred from a different school’s JD program are eligible to participate in Stone. Second-year students who transferred to the JD program from the LLM program cannot participate in Stone until they have completed the Esdaile Moot Court Program. Thus, LLM transfer students are permitted to participate in Stone as 3Ls instead. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Jen McCloskey, at jataylor@bu.edu.

2017 Stone Directors: Philip Chen, Robert Hillson, and Christine Park.

Email: stonemc@bu.edu

Registration

Registration is now closed.

Important Competition Dates

Dates below have been confirmed. Dates are always subject to change, including the problem release date, but any changes will be announced here and via email.

Information Session*
Monday, September 11, 1 – 2 p.m.
Room 203

* We know this conflicts with a pro bono opportunity. We will make a recording of the info session available upon request.

Application Due Date
Tuesday, September 19, 12 p.m.
Link to Application Form

Problem Release Date
Thursday, September 21

Brief Writing Workshop – DATE CHANGE**
Tuesday, September 26, 1 – 2 p.m.
Room 212 (additional breakout sessions in rooms 203 (Problem 2) and 204 (Problem 3); Problem 1 will stay in room 212)

** Due to an unavoidable conflict, we had to reschedule the workshop to Tuesday, September 26. This conflicts with Prof. Wexler’s Environmental Law class. Students in Prof. Wexler’s class should attend that class, and should contact Jen Taylor McCloskey (jataylor@bu.edu) to make arrangements to get the information from the workshop. 

Brief Due Date
Friday, October 13, by 3 p.m.

Oral Advocacy Workshop
Monday, October 16, 1 – 2 p.m.
Room 414

Oral Arguments
Arguments take place at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and at 3 p.m. on Fridays. Please check in for arguments in the Moot Court reception area, across from Room 513.

See Rules, which are posted below, for additional information about scheduling and conflicts.

October 23 – 27
October 30 – November 3
November 6 – 10

Awards Reception
Thursday, November 16, 1 – 2 p.m.
Charles River Room

Problems

Problem Topics (each problem will contain two issues; teammates decide together who is arguing which issue):

  • ST-17-01: Criminal Procedure (Fourth and Fifth Amendment)
  • ST-17-02: Evidence and Torts (Products Liability)
  • ST-17-03: Statutory Interpretation and Civil Procedure

Problem Files:

Problem 1

Problem 2

Problem 3

Sample Brief Score Sheet

Student Briefs (protected)

Problem 1 Briefs

Problem 2 Briefs

Problem 3 Briefs

Argument Schedules

The oral argument schedules will be posted here as they become available. You need to be logged in with a BU email address to view the link. Contact the Help Desk if you have issues!

Week 1 (October 23 – 27)

Week 2 (October 30 – November 3)

Week 3 (November 6 – 10)

Sample Oral Argument Score Sheet

Other Materials and Samples

Stone Rules 2017

ECHO Home Page (workshops and arguments will be made available in applicable MOOT sections)

Brief Writing Workshop Slides

Oral Argument Workshop Slides

Moot Court Manual (partially updated to reflect 2017 rules)

Sample Briefs. Sample briefs are for reference only. Briefs from the Homer Albers Prize competition are longer than allowed under the Stone Competition rules. These samples are intended to give you a sense of what a high-scoring brief from our honors competitions looks like; they may not conform perfectly to the rules (which are different in Stone and which recently changed), and you should refer to the Stone Competition rules for format and length restrictions. We have also posted a sample appellate brief written by Peter Brann, a graduate of the Law School and former Homer Albers Prize winner.

Peter Brann – Sample Appellate Brief

2013 Best Brief

2014 Best Brief

2015 Best Brief