A. Nony Mouse wrote:bsktbll28082 wrote:Is it common for the moot court board to send out sample briefs with the main arguments/cases you should focus on? I don't understand why we wrote our own briefs then. The judges don't even see them.
Do you mean that the board sent out bench memos to the judges for the competition? If so, this is incredibly common. It's hard enough to get people to judge moot court competitions as it is; if you had to make the judges read the student briefs for all the sessions they judge, no one would do it. It's also fairly realistic to actual appellate panels, where judges may be relying on bench memos prepared by their clerks, rather than on the briefs and record. (If they're not authoring the opinion.)
Yes, it sounds like the judges will be getting sample briefs. But so did we- they posted 6 example briefs and told us to basically argue what the briefs said.
I thought it was weird they provided the arguments like that, but maybe that's how moot court is :/