An Appellate Advocacy Competition
Linden Cup is a student-run oral appellate advocacy competition among Gonzaga law students. Students who want to get a taste of appellate advocacy in a formal setting (including first-year students) are encouraged to participate in the competitions.=
Before the Competition
- A seminar is held before the competition to discuss appellate advocacy skills and provide general information regarding the competition itself.
- All students who want to participate in the competition are required to attend this seminar.
- This competition requires preparation beforehand. Working in pairs, participating students research and prepare an oral argument.
At the Competition
- Oral arguments are presented to a panel of judges in a mock appellate court.
- Students’ oral arguments are judged based on their forensic performance, including their success in answering questions, their conviction, their knowledge of the record, issues and law, and their courtroom demeanor.
- The panels of judges in the early rounds are composed of faculty and local attorneys.
- Local judges officiate in the quarter- and semi-finals.
- State Supreme Court justices officiate in the final round.
- The competition is open to all Gonzaga Law students.
To Learn More Contact:
- E-mail Moot Court
- Lisa Bradley, Faculty Adviser