The High School Moot Court Competition is a
mock appellate advocacy program for Oakland Unified Public School
District high school students. The competition was initiated by
the Honorable Benjamin Travis of Alameda County Superior Court.
In early 1985, Judge Travis encouraged the
sponsoring organizations to form an alliance dedicated to making
the competition a part of the Annual Law Day activities. Since
then, the sponsoring organizations have enthusiastically embraced
the annual event.
The goals and objectives of the competition
to form alliances and cooperative relationships
among the legal/education communities and the communities at
to expose students, educators and the community to
positive role models in the legal profession
to encourage healthy competition among students and
enhance students self-confidence and self-esteem
For the past twenty years lawyers, teachers,
administrators, education specialist, scholarship grantors,
parents and friends have worked together toward the achievement of
these goals and objectives.
Panels judging the Competitions have
included such notable individuals as the Honorable Thelton
Henderson, United States District Court, Northern District of
California; the late Honorable Allen E. Broussard, California
Supreme Court; and the Honorable Clinton W. White (retired),
California Court of Appeal.
In 1989, the National Bar Association
bestowed a great honor on winners of the competition by inviting
them to recreate their arguments at the National Bar Association
Convention in Oakland, California.