Dean Dunmore Moot Court Competition
We host the Dean Dunmore Moot Court Competition each spring to refine students' brief-writing skills and improve appellate oral advocacy.
This intramural appellate advocacy tournament is named in honor of Dean Walter Thomas Dunmore, who led the law school during one of its most prodigious periods of growth from 1910-1945.
Second and third year students enrolled in Appellate Practice work throughout the fall and early spring semesters to prepare their briefs and oral arguments. They then argue against each other in an NCAA bracket-style competition judged by faculty members, local judges and experienced practitioners. Traditionally, the final round of each year's Dunmore Competition is judged by distinguished federal and state judges and justices.
Recent final round judges have included the Hon. John J. McConnell, U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island; the Hon. Melody Stewart, Ohio Court of Appeals for the Eighth District; and the Hon. Mary Jane Trapp, former judge of the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District; and the Hon. Maureen O'Connor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, to name a few.