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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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KIMI LYNN KING (J.D. SUNY-Buffalo, 1990; Ph.D., 1995, Associate Professor, American politics, judicial process, and public law). She has authored or co-authored articles in Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Social Science Research, as well as law review articles. Along with Dr. Sandra Wood, she has produced a video that simulates the moot court process. She serves as pre-law advisor and has received several teaching awards including the U.N.T. President’s Council Teaching Award (1998) and the Student Association Honor Professor Award (1999 & 2001). She joined the faculty after teaching constitutional law, elections and campaigns, American government, the Presidency, and business-govemment relations. She has also worked for the Fair Housing and Homelessness Working Group (SUNY-Buffalo), and Prisoners’ Legal Assistance Project (Harvard University).

CHARLES KNERR is Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. An advocate of “experiential education”—internships, study abroad, and academic competitions such as moot court, Professor Knerr encouraged his students to compete in the Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament beginning in 1995, and in 2000, he founded, along with Mr. Andrew Sommerman, the American Collegiate Moot Court Association, with a goal of bringing moot court competition to all fifty states.

LEWIS RINGEL was born in New York, raised in New Jersey, and lives in Redondo Beach, California, with his wife, Jeanne, and their dog, Ginger. He earned his Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Maryland at College Park. He has run...

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