The Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Moot Court is the longest lived (18th annual in 2012/2013) and perhaps most prestigious moot court competition focused on sports-law related topics in the country. The competition is based on an appellate review, similar to the 1L and 2L Ames Competitions, and includes 32 teams.
Logistics and Participation Requirements
Registration opens between September and October, depending on Tulane’s schedule. Participants will need to communicate with the Tulane Moot Court Board (2012-2013 contact information below) in order to get the precise timeline. Schools are allowed to send teams of 2-3 participants. Requirements include writing a brief (either Petitioner or Respondent, based on assignment) in response to a problem provided by the organizers. The 2012-2013 problem explored the issue of performance-enhancing drugs in sports and the limits of collective bargaining agreements, with the key legal issues centering on state labor law and arbitration provisions in players’ contracts. The problem was released in early December 2012, with a deadline for written submissions – approximately 35 pages – was mid-January 2013.
Oral arguments take place at the federal courthouse for the Eastern District of Louisiana, in New Orleans. Each team is ensured at least three rounds of oral arguments and argues both sides of the case. Successful teams can proceed to elimination rounds.
In 2012-2013, the Harvard flag was carried by Jake Levine, Neil Rao, and Jordan Roberts. We look forward to your participation this year.
Competition Contact Information
Name: Kelsey Jarrett