Moot Court Takes Second at Nationals

Second-year Henry Filosa and third-year Rebecca Lin were the students on the winning team.

By Neha Lingareddy

UChicago Moot Court took second place at the American Moot Court Association (AMCA) national tournament in January, another example of their quick rise since the team was founded five years ago.  

Second-year Henry Filosa and third-year Rebecca Lin were the students on the second-place team. 

In 2013, the RSO had one team compete on the regional level, but this year they sent twelve teams.  

Five teams went to the championship in addition to the one that won second place. 

Moot Court was established by two Cathey house members and has grown considerably since its founding, with participants in both oratory case competitions and in written brief competitions.  

“Moot court essentially tries to simulate real Supreme Court proceedings and participants in teams of two present to a panel of judges, who continually quiz them,” said fourth-year and Moot Court president Caroline Cordell. “Through the program, you learn to think on your feet, and gain transferable skills that I think are helpful.” 

When asked about future plans, Cordell said she is working to get the maximum limit of eight teams to be sent to the national championship, and to continue strengthening the team for the brief writing competition.  

She added: “What makes Moot Court special is that we try to be inclusive, and everyone can attend our meetings and choose to be a part of our team.”