The Murphy Institute is a proud sponsor of the School of Law’s participation in the Notre Dame National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom. Support from the Murphy Institute has allowed the participation of four students in 2018, who celebrated a third-place award in the competition, and the creation of two additional positions on the teams to compete in 2019. Two teams comprised of 2Ls and 3Ls, under the coaching of Professors Thomas Berg and Rachel Moran, will compete for the second year at Notre Dame in the fall of 2019.
Each team has the opportunity to practice their brief writing and oral advocacy skills by submitting a comprehensive brief responding to one side of the problem and participating in oral arguments for both sides at the competition. The oral argument scores and brief scores determine which teams will proceed to the semi-final and final rounds, both of which immediately follow the first two rounds of oral arguments.
Support of the Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition is a priority for the Institute as it facilitates experiential learning and encourages dialogue among students, faculty, and lawyers in the area about complex religious freedom issues embedded in the nature of the case and competition.