Honors Moot Court (Fall Semester)

Moot Court Moot courts involve simulated argument before the Supreme Court. Participants are given a hypothetical fact pattern that raises two constitutional issues, and must read and analyze a number of different court precedents and construct arguments on behalf of the petitioner and respondent. All teams competing in intercollegiate moot court competitions will argue the same case (the ACMA case is announced in May). Each team consists of two oral advocates who are responsible for knowing both issues, and are judged on their forensics, knowledge of the law, demeanor, and ability to answer questions from the bench. For more information about moot court, visit the American Collegiate Moot Court Association website or view the video of the 2011 regional tournament final round at the South Atlantic Moot Court Tournament.

The 2013-14 Moot Court Case: The moot court case concerns the 4th Amendment and Presidential powers to detain belligerent Americans and is available at http://www.acmamootcourt.org/. The nine Fourth Amendment and eight Presidential Powers cases that competitors may draw on are listed towards the end of the case. The regional tournament in Orlando will be Nov 15 and 16th.

The Course POS 3675 is a 1 or 3 credit graded course being offered in the Fall semester of 2013. Students develop public speaking and analytical skills throughout the program, while preparing for participation in an undergraduate moot court competition. Class will involve discussion of court cases, brainstorming sessions to help develop arguments, sessions addressing public speaking and style, and practice sesions in which students present arguments, respond to questioning, and grill and provide feedback to other students. Students will be able to get pointers on speaking presentation from local attorneys who volunteer to serve as judges for some of the practice sessions.

Please contact Prof. Mark Tunick if you are interested in participating in the Honors Moot Court at tunick@fau.edu or 561-799-8670.


Diplomacy Program (Spring semester)

The Florida Atlantic University Diplomacy Program was established in 1996 and offers students interested in international affairs opportunities to enhance their diplomatic skills in areas such as speech writing, public speaking, negotiation, dispute resolution, and research. FAU's Diplomacy Program has competed in diplomatic simulations in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Maastricht, Netherlands.

Diplomatic competitions are simulations of major international organizations in which schools are assigned countries and students serve as diplomats of their assigned country. Student-delegates must remain in diplomatic and country character throughout the competition, composing portfolios of country information, and drafting country profiles and resolutions that are judged by conference organizers. Each year since 2007, FAU's delegation has been honored with a national award.

The Course Students must apply to participate in the Diplomacy program in the fall semester to participate in diplomatic competitions during the spring. Selected students enroll in INR 4503 Advanced Diplomacy. Students interested in applying for the program should visit www.fau.edu/diplomacy for details.
Students in the Wilkes Honors College are encouraged to apply for the Diplomacy program and take INR 4503 in the spring at the Boca Raton campus. For those who cannot do so, an Honors College delegation will be assembled in the fall term to compete in the Southern Regional Model United Nations simulation in Charlotte, NC in April. Honors College students who prefer for the non-class Charlotte option will be required to meet with Professor Jeffrey Morton each Wednesday on the Jupiter campus from 2:00-3:00 between January 15 and March 12, spring break excluded, to prepare for the competition. Information about the Honors College option can be found on the Diplomacy Program webpage.

Last Modified 10/13/14