The final round of the Vincent S. Dalsimer Moot Court Competition is scheduled for this Saturday morning with the winners announced at the Law School Dinner that evening. The semifinal rounds are tonight – eight of our best appellate advocates are vying for the coveted four spots in the final round.
“Dalsimer” is the annual team appellate advocacy intraschool competition at Pepperdine Law. Two-person teams sign up, usually at the end of the fall semester, and submit their appellate brief in January. Oral argument rounds begin in February or March, depending on the date of the Law School Dinner. The Final Round is argued (the morning of the Law School Dinner) before a distinguished panel of judges. Students earn one unit of credit for participation. Brief and Individual Advocacy awards, which include prize money, are presented after the Final Round, and the winning team is announced at the Law School Dinner that evening.
This year, the final round bench is spectacular. Justice Samuel Alito of the United States Supreme Court will be on the final round bench, along with Judge Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Judge Stephanie Seymour, a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
What a privilege four of our students will have to argue before such an esteemed panel on Saturday morning!
Assistant Dean for Student Life