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Aycock Bench (7-9 Members)

The Aycock Bench is a panel of 7-9 members of the Holderness Moot Court Bench who organize the annual 1L Holderness Moot Court Tryouts. The 1L Tryouts, a school-wide competition held in the spring semester, determine which 1L students will join Holderness Moot Court in their 2L year. While Aycock Bench members do not compete at other schools, their duties related to hosting the Tryouts entitle them to full membership status in the Holderness Moot Court Bench and the same academic credit as other members of the Moot Court Bench. The Aycock Bench consists of the top runners-up from the National, Invitational, Client Counseling, Environmental Negotiation, International, Environmental, and Negotiation teams.

Client Counseling Team (4 Members)

The Client Counseling Team is composed of four students. Team members compete in the spring of their second year at the Regional and National Client Counseling Competitions sponsored by the American Bar Association Law Student Division. The purpose of this team is to develop skills in the preventive and counseling functions of law practice. Previous competition topics have included corporations, partnerships and small business people, employment discrimination, criminal law, and elder law. The team is a great way to develop practical lawyering skills in dealing with clients on a day-to-day basis.

Corporate Law Appellate Advocacy Team (3 Members)

The Corporate Law Appellate Advocacy Team focuses exclusively on corporate law issues. Students on this team will compete both their second and third years. While not required, interest and experience with corporate law will be beneficial. At competition, students must persuasively present their arguments and possess the ability to answer questions from a panel of judges.

The Craven Bench (7-9 Members)

The Craven Bench is a panel of seven to nine members of the Holderness Moot Court Bench who organize and run the annual Craven Competition. The Craven Competition is a prestigious appellate advocacy competition that draws participants and judges from the entire country. The Competition requires substantial preparation as it is host to over thirty teams and entails a difficult subject-problem development process. While Craven Bench members do not compete at other schools, their duties related to hosting the Competition entitle them to full membership status in the Holderness Moot Court Bench and the same academic credit as other members of the Moot Court Bench. The Craven Bench consists of the top runners-up from the National, Invitational, Client Counseling, Environmental Negotiation, International, Environmental, and Negotiation teams.

The Julius L. Chambers Civil Rights Appellate Advocacy Team (6 Members)

The Julius L. Chambers Civil Rights Team focuses on issues regarding civil rights and civil liberties. Students on the Civil Rights Team will have the opportunity to compete during their second and third years. While not required, a background in civil rights law is encouraged. As with all appellate advocacy competitions, students must present their arguments persuasively and possess the ability to answer questions from a panel of judges.

Negotiation Team (4 Members)

Team members compete in the National Negotiation Competition sponsored by the American Bar Association. The competitions involve two person teams in negotiation simulations. Previous topics for competition include corporations, employment discrimination, and family law. Since so few disputes reach trial today, this team is an excellent opportunity to practice an art that is becoming increasingly more important in todays legal environment.

Environmental/Invitational Negotiation Team (4 Members)

While similar to the Negotiation Team, the Environmental/Invitational Team focuses on negotiations dealing with current environmental issues. Topics for the past three years have included environmental racism, public land use, and the Clean Air and Water Acts. This focus places a premium on understanding the unique emotional and economic positions of the parties as well as the fundamentals of the applicable regulations involved in environmental disputes. A prior background in environmental law or any scientific discipline, however, is not a prerequisite. As with the other Negotiation Team, the essential skills necessary to be successful are the ability to solicit and control information, to know your opponents limitations and motivations, and to create convincing reasons for supporting your solutions.

Environmental Appellate Advocacy Team (3 Members)

This team also focuses solely on current environmental issues. Environmental topics in the past have included environmental racism, public land use, and the Clean Air and Water Act. The same depth of understanding that is necessary to be successful on the Environmental Negotiation Team is also necessary for appellate advocacy competition. However, a background in environmental law or any scientific discipline is not required. To be successful in this competition, as with all appellate advocacy competitions, you must be able to present your argument persuasively while answering questions from the panel. This team competes in the Spring in New York.

Intellectual Property Law Appellate Advocacy Team (3 Members)

The Intellectual Property Law Appellate Advocacy Team focuses exclusively on matters involving Intellectual Property. Students on this team will have the opportunity to compete their second and third years. While not required, it is encouraged that students have an interest in Intellectual Property Law and take the time and effort to become familiar with the subject matter. Students must present their arguments persuasively and answer questions from a panel of judges at competition.

International Law Moot Court Team (4 Members)

The Jessup Cup International Moot Court Team is composed of four students. Members then compete in the Spring of their second year in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The Jessup Cup, one of the oldest and most prestigious moot court competitions, is sponsored by the American Society of International Law and the International Law Students' Association. UNC Law competes in the Southeastern Region, and each year the national finals are held in Washington, D.C. As one might expect, the national competition includes teams from several countries.

National Team (6 Members)

National Team members participate in the National Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Divided into two teams of three members, and each team operating independently of the other, the National Team competes in the regional competition held at the courthouse of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. The final two teams in the regional competition advance to competition held in New York City.

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