Moot Court Program
USF's Moot Court Program helps you build the advocacy and leadership skills required of today's legal professionals.
The program incorporates a range of opportunities to practice hands-on oral advocacy and brief writing skills, while also giving students, alumni, and practitioners a forum for networking and collaboration.
Students first participate in Moot Court through their Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis class where they research and write a complex legal brief. After being coached by our legal writing faculty and a Moot Court student case counsel, the students end the semester with an oral argument in front of visiting judges.
Students who excel in the program join the advanced moot court programs as student leaders in their second year. Some become case counsel and work directly with a member of the legal writing faculty to both develop the problem that the first year students will work on and assist in the classroom. Other students join one of our prestigious and very successful advocacy teams. We send teams to competitions, including the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition and the Robert Wagner Moot Court Competition.
In their final year, students can join the Moot Court Board.
The Moot Court Board
This board oversees the entire program including USF’s internal advocacy competition, the Advocate of the Year Competition, open to all USF students.
Celeste Tabares - firstname.lastname@example.org
External Advocacy Director
Yoseily Garcia - email@example.com
Advocacy of the Year Competition Director
Belle Borovik - firstname.lastname@example.org
First Year Moot Court Director
Adrian Valenzuela - email@example.com
Kelsey Craven - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tatiana Howard - email@example.com
Jenny Liao - firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Meastas - email@example.com
Andrea Nguyen - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tayler Walters - email@example.com
The Moot Court Faculty
Assistant Professor and Director of the Moot Court Program
Professor of Legal Writing, Director of the Legal Research, Writing & Analysis Program