The sixth annual Emory University School of Law Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition will be held Friday-Sunday, October 11-13, 2013, at Emory Law School.  

The competition is limited to thirty-two (32) teams. All schools are limited to two (2) teams, each of which may be comprised of two (2) or three (3) students.

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2013 CRAL Results

  • 2013 CRAL Best Team: Faith Johnson and Kelsey Warren, Baylor University (Team Q)
  • 2013 CRAL Runner-Up Best Team: Andrew Lee and David Hommel, St. John's University (Team AA)
  • 2013 CRAL Best Brief: Allison Hill and Antoinette Newberry, University of Georgia (Team J)
  • 2013 CRAL Top 5 Briefs:
    • Allison Hill and Antoinette Newberry, University of Georgia (Team J)
    • Kelli Rockandel and Zachary Chen, Vermont Law School (Team U)
    • David Hommel and Andrew Lee, St. John's University (Team AA)
    • NaKeisha Baptiste and Charles Pearson, Florida Coastal School of Law (Team L)
    • Carrie Johnson and Alex Aronov, University of San Diego (Team V)
  • 2013 CRAL Best Oralist: Kelsey Warren, Baylor University
  • 2013 CRAL Top 5 Oralists:
    • Kelsey Warren, Baylor University
    • Kacie Smith, Michigan State University
    • David Hommel, St. John's University
    • Faith Johnson, Baylor University
    • Andrew Lee, St. John's University

Registration and Fees

Registration and Fees

  • Registration begins May 20, 2013.
  • Fees:  $525 for the first team and $450 for the second.
  • Team list:  Schools do not need to provide the names of the competing students at the time of registration.
  • Registration ends Aug. 30, 2013. 

Registration is now closed.


2013 Problem and Rules

2013 Problem and Competition Rules

The 2013 problem will be made available on this website on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, along with all other rules and important dates. There will be three preliminary rounds before any elimination. Certificates will be given to the best briefs, best preliminary round oralists and winning team.

2013 Competition Rules >>

2013 Competition Problem >>

2013 CRAL Schedule

Detailed 2013 CRAL Schedule >>


Friday, October 11

12:00 pm

Opening Ceremonies

12:45 - 7:15 pm 

Round 1 and Round 2 Oral Arguments

7:30 - 9:00 pm

BBQ at Bacardi Plaza

Saturday, October 12

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Round 3 Oral Arguments

12:00 pm

Lunch in Hunter Atrium

1:30 pm

Announcement of the Octo-Final Oral Argument Pairings and Rooms

2:00 - 3:15 pm

Octo-Final Oral Argument Rounds

3:40 pm

Announcement of the Quarter-Final Oral Argument Pairings in Tull Auditorium

4:00 - 5:15 pm

Quarter-Final Oral Argument Rounds

5:30 pm

Happy Hour Begins

6:15 pm

Announcement of the Semi-Final Oral Argument Pairings

6:30 - 6:45 pm

Happy Hour Ends

Sunday, October 13

9:00 -10:15 am 

Semi-Final Oral Argument Rounds

10:30 am

Announcement of Final Round Pairings in Tull Auditorium

11:00 am

Final Round Begins

12:00 pm

Final Round Concludes

12:20 pm

Awards Ceremony

2013 Competition Competitor Briefs

We have posted the 2013 CRAL Competitor Briefs to Google Docs >>



Questions About the 2013 CRAL Rules & Problem

Questions posted by competing teams.

Question: My understanding is that Rule B(3) prevents two teams from communicating about their briefs while they are preparing them.  In other words, two teams from the same school cannot proofread each other's work, conference about their briefs, et cetera.  Am I correct in understanding that two teams from the same school should be "screened" or otherwise insulated from one another with regards to brief writing?
Answer: Yes.  Rule(B)(3) prohibits two teams from the same school from working on their briefs together.  Furthermore, teams from the same school should note that Rule(A) requires each team from the same school to represent a different side of the argument.  For example, if University A is sending Team 1 and Team 2, Team 1 would argue the side of the Petitioner and Team 2 would argue the side of the Respondents.

Question: Does the size 12 font requirement apply to footnotes as well?  The rules are clear that footnotes must be double-spaced, but my teammate and I are not clear about their font size.  May we usesize 10 Courier New for  footnotes?

Answer: You may use font size 10 Courier or Courier New for footnotes.

Question: Are we supposed to have a team number?

Answer: No.  For the 2013 Civil Rights and Liberties Competition, each team will be identified by a team letter rather than a team number.  Many apologies for not having the 2013 Competition Rules reflect that change.

Question: The rules do not specify whether a brief recitation of the facts is expected as part of oral argument.  In the past, it was normal for competitions to expect the oralist to ask if the panel would like a brief recitation of the facts.  However, recently, some competitions have indicated that they do not wish the oralists to do this.  Does the Emory Competition have an official stance on this?

Answer: Although we do not have an official stance, it is not inappropriate for competitors to ask judges if they would like to hear a brief recitation of the facts.  We will also let judges know during our judge orientation to expect competitors to ask judges whether they would like to hear a brief recitation of the facts.



We have set aside a limited number of hotel rooms at the Courtyard Marriott, Decatur for teams competing at the 2013 Civil Rights and Liberties Competition.

Teams receive a discounted double room rate of $119.00/night if they reserve their rooms prior to Thursday, September 19, 2013. When you contact the hotel, be sure to let them know that you're with the Emory Law CRAL Competition!

The Courtyard Marriott, Decatur is 2.2 miles away from Emory Law School and the Emory Moot Court Society will provide vans to transport teams between the hotel and Emory Law School.

For more information:

2013 Participating Schools

  • Baylor University
  • Faulkner University
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Michigan State University
  • New York Law School
  • North Carolina Central University
  • St. John's University
  • St. Mary's University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of San Diego
  • Vermont Law School