All students enrolled in Appellate Advocacy participate in the David E. Snodgrass Moot Court Competition, which began with the initiation of the Hastings Moot Court Program in 1878. In 1963, the competition was named to honor the memory of David E. Snodgrass, Dean of Hastings from 1940 to 1963 and the founder of the “Sixty-Five Club.” The Snodgrass Competition honors the outstanding appellate brief writers and oral advocates at Hastings. Our successful and esteemed Moot Court alumni administer the competition and judge the nominated briefs and oral arguments; this reflects upon the current Hastings Moot Court Board and the Moot Court Department.
The Appellate Advocacy professors nominate students for Snodgrass Competition Awards in brief and oral argument categories. The Snodgrass Alumni Judging Committee reviews and scores the nominated submissions and then determines the winners in each category. Awards for the top ten briefs, oral advocates, and top five overall awards (nominated for both brief and oral advocacy awards) are presented at the annual Moot Court Awards Ceremony held in April. The awards traditionally consist of plaques, trophies, and lots of applause!
The David E. Snodgrass Award goes to the student with the best overall combined score in brief writing and oral advocacy in the competition. A student must win awards in both the brief and oral argument categories to be a Snodgrass nominee. Each annual Snodgrass Moot Court champion’s name is inscribed on the permanent Snodgrass plaque at Hastings, which hangs on campus.
The Legal Research and Writing and Moot Court Department congratulates all of our past winners of the Snodgrass Moot Court Competition and shares best wishes for those competing this year!