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SC Moot Court

20140305-RossThe J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition Finals were held in March 2014 at the South Carolina Supreme Court. Arguments were heard before four of the Supreme Court Justices, and one judge for the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

The prevailing team included Konstantine Diamaduros and A. Meredith Ross (students on the left). Monica Bracey and Briggs Tucker (students on the right) received "Best Brief." Ross also received "Best Oralist" honors. Presiding at the court were (l to r) SC Supreme Court Justice John W. Kittredge, SC Court of Appeals Judge John D. Geathers and SC Supreme Court Justices Costa M. Pleicones, Donald W. Beatty and Kaye G. Hearn.


Statement of Purpose

This organization has been established by students of the University of South Carolina School of Law in order to learn and adopt principles of appellate advocacy; to enhance analytical, writing and oral advocacy skills; to administer intramural moot court competitions at the Law School; to select and prepare teams to represent the Law School at extramural moot court competitions; to encourage respect for the highest standards of professionalism before our state and federal appellate courts; and to promote the Moot Court Bar's activities within the Law School, the legal profession and the community at large.

A Brief History

Cyrus David Melton, the second professor of law at the University of South Carolina School of Law, established the first Moot Court at the law school in 1869. The Moot Court began in the fall semester of 1869 and continued meetings twice per month during the semester through the closing of the law school in 1877. Joseph Daniel Pope reestablished the Moot Court when the law school reopened in 1884.

Since then, the University of South Carolina School of Law Moot Court Bar has remained a student organization focused on nurturing students' appellate advocacy skills.