Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition

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Washington University has a long tradition of fielding highly competitive teams in various moot court and trial competitions. The Law School fields a team of up to four students to participate in an inter-school moot court competition during the fall of 2005.  The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition was spawned in 1993 by the APA Law Student Association of the South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas. It is now administered by the NAPABA Law Foundation and the NAPABA Judicial Council. Click here for more information.  The Competition honors the late Judge Thomas Tang, a champion of individual rights, an advocate for the advancement of minority attorneys, an ardent supporter of NAPABA and the moot court competition. Judge Tang served on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1977 until his passing in 1995. Judge Tang’s wife, Dr. Pearl Tang, continues the legacy and participates every year. The Competition is open to all students but is especially designed to reach out to APA law students and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their writing and oral advocacy skills and compete for scholarships totaling $10,000 which are generously sponsored by the Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

The spring competition is The ABA Law Student Division's National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a 40-page brief as either respondent or plaintiff and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.

This years National Appellate Team Members were among the Elite Eight in the competition and received second place as Best Oralist and took third place in the Best Brief portion of the competition.

The 2005-2006 team coach is Mark Zoole.  Mark is a 1988 WU graduate and has been coaching since 2000.

For more information, please contact Dorothy Campbell, Trial and Advocacy Program Coordinator, or 314-935-7964.