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How to Please the Court

A Moot Court Handbook


Edited By Paul I. Weizer

Designed for anyone who has an interest in using moot court simulations as an educational exercise, How to Please the Court brings together prominent moot court faculty who share their collective years of experience in building a successful moot court program. Touching on all aspects of the moot court experience, this book guides the reader through conducting legal research, the structure of an oral argument, the tournament experience, and the successes and rewards of competition.
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Geronimo Gusmano v. Natasha Bryant



No. 2003-437

Geronimo Gusmano, Petitioner v. Natasha Bryant, Respondent


In January 2000, A. Natasha Bryant, a twenty-three-year-old graduate of the College of New Jersey, a small liberal arts college in southcentral New Jersey located on 289 tree-lined acres, moved to Sacramento, California, to take a job as a lobbyist with a public interest lobby group committed to eradicating ATM bank fees. The group in question is known as BATM (pronounced “Bait-Umm”). Upon her arrival in Sacramento, Ms. Bryant rented a two-bedroom apartment on the first floor of a privately owned building in a residential section of town just a few blocks from the Capitol Building. The building contained four apartments including a basement unit. The landlord, Geronimo Gusmano, lived in a different section of town. Ms. Bryant’s apartment had a kitchen, a bedroom, and a living room. The apartment was shaped like a rectangle with the east and west sides being the longer of the four sides. The northern portion of the apartment, which faced the street, included the front door and a small laundry room. The kitchen, which came with a gas stove and a microwave, but not a refrigerator, was located in the southern part of the apart ← 177 | 178 → ment.1 The master bedroom ran the length of the western wall of the apartment. The bedroom included a sizeable walk-in closet and a bay window. Along the east side of the...

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