Seeking Moot Court Judges

November 23, 2019 3:21 PM | JAMELL ISIDOR (Administrator)

The Executive Board of the Columbia Law School LaLSA Moot Court Program kindly requests your assistance in serving as a judge for the LaLSA Moot Court Internal Competition, which will take place from January 21 to January 23, 2020. 


As you may know, the LaLSA Moot Court Program was established at Columbia Law School in 2012 as a specialized moot court focusing on significant legal issues related to immigration and asylum law. LaLSA Moot Court students study these issues as they prepare a written brief and oral argument in response to a complex immigration issue on appeal. This process will culminate with the LaLSA Moot Court’s Internal Competition to determine which students will represent Columbia Law School at the National U.C. Davis Immigration and Asylum Law Competition. 


You are invited to sign up to judge one or more rounds of the LaLSA Moot Court Internal Competition.


The Internal Competition will take place on the evenings of January 21st, 22nd, and 23rd at Columbia Law School. There will be two rounds each evening, one from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, and another from 7:45 pm to 9:15 pm. You are welcome to sign up to judge as many rounds as you would like, but we realize that many judges may only be available for one round. For those who are able to judge multiple rounds, it will likely be easiest to judge two consecutive rounds on the same day to alleviate the burden of commuting multiple days. When you sign up to judge, you will receive a copy of the record and a bench memo close to the competition date. Please fill out this form to sign up to serve as a judge.


The LaLSA Moot Court Executive Board is also able to provide CLE credits for those that participate as judges in the internal competition. Credit would be applied towards the category of “Areas of Professional Practice.”


One New York CLE credit may be earned for each 50 minutes of participation. Only six credit hours can be earned for participation during each reporting cycle (two years). Credit hours are not available for the attorneys’ own preparation time. You will be required to sign a CLE sign-in and sign-out sheet, which we will provide.*


Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.




Daniel Palacios 

*Information Regarding New York CLE Credits: 

Columbia Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. Under New York State CLE regulations, this live non-transitional CLE event will apply the determined number of CLE credits to the Areas of Professional Practice requirement. Under New York State CLE regulations, this category of CLE credit is awarded only to non-transitional New York attorneys only. Attendance is determined by an attorney's sign-in and sign-out, as shown on the register. Please note the NYS Certificates of Attendance will be sent to the email address as it appears in the register unless otherwise noted there.



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