2017 Tax Moot Court Competition Winners

2017 Competition Winners:  Charleston School of Law

First Runner-Up:  Nova Southeastern University College of Law

 

National Tax Moot Court Competition

The Tax Section of The Florida Bar hosts a National Tax Moot Court Competition annually to have law students from various law schools across the country to come and demonstrate their written brief and oral argument skills. This is an opportunity for law students to continue to sharpen and develop their skills, while networking with attorneys as well.

The format of the competition consists of a first round double elimination oral argument followed by single elimination quarterfinals, semifinal and final rounds.  There is a separate competition for written briefs, with independent judging and awards.  The problem consists of three or four issues, all tax related. For preliminary rounds of the oral argument competition, judges are made up of attorneys who are members of The Florida Bar Tax Section.  The final and consolation rounds consist of judges from the United States Tax Court. On the final day, at a dinner/reception, awards will be presented to the teams that presented the best written briefs and oral arguments.

Rules of Entry

The Florida Bar Tax Section sponsors the National Tax Moot Court Competition on an annual basis and it is limited to sixteen (16) teams from law schools throughout the country.  Schools are allowed to enter more than one team only if less than sixteen schools register.  Each team shall consist of two or three students, all of whom must be full time law students at the time of the competition.  Teams will be allowed entry on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of both the completed registration form and payment of the entry fees.

Due to the popularity of this competition, The Tax Section cannot guarantee all interested teams a spot.  We do, however, try to be fair and give everyone the opportunity to participate.  Each year, registration packets are provided to all schools that competed in the prior year’s competition. Returning schools will have one week advanced notice to register before the competition is open to everyone.  It is important to note that returning schools are not guaranteed a position in the competition.  A week after, notices are sent to the remaining schools.

Awards

Team Oral Argument Award presented to the team that exemplified the best oral presentation argument in front of the judges.

Team Brief Award presented to the team that provided the best written brief to the judges.

Best Oralist Award presented to the individual who exemplified the best oral argument presentation in front of the judges.

 

Please contact Chris Hargrett at chargrett@floridabar.org for more details.