Each fall, the Supreme Court Justices will author 2 moot cases on legal issues relating to legislation before Congress or legislation signed into law at the previous session of the Campus YMCA Congress. The Justices will also select 1 case from the petitions for certiorari (cert pool) submitted to the US Supreme Court for oral arguments during the session:
|Moot Case | Extemp.||Supreme Court Case|
|Team gets random side||Each Attorney prep 1 side|
|Moot Court Case||Supreme Court Case|
Attorneys compete in teams of 2. Each team will divide their casework as follows:
Moot Case | Extemporaneous
Supreme Court Case
Oral Arguments will last up to 30 minutes – attorneys for both the petitioner and the respondent are each given 15 minutes to present their arguments.
The petitioner may reserve time for a rebuttal after the respondent has concluded. Justices have the ability to interrupt and ask questions of the attorneys at any time during their arguments. The calendar of preliminary hearings will be published in the weeks prior to the session.
In addition to their role before the Court, all attorneys have the right to serve as Non-Voting Delegates in the House of Representatives. This allows attorneys to speak during debate on the floor when they are not scheduled to appear before the Court (Ex: attorneys who are not selected for the final rounds of oral arguments have the option of debating in the House or listening to the final hearings).
The Supreme Court Justices are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Justices can hold their seats until they graduate or choose to leave the bench. If you are interested in serving as an Associate Justice, fill out the Supporting Officer Application.
Following final oral arguments, the Justices will conference to determine the preliminary vote on the case. The most senior Justice (either the Chief Justice or an Associate determined by year in college and age) in the majority will drafting of the court’s opinion. Justices may also author concurring and dissenting opinions that will be released alongside the majority opinion.
Opinions will be read on the final morning of the session prior to the Award Ceremony. For each case, the Justice who drafted the majority opinion will have 3 minutes to present, and the dissenting opinion will have 2 minutes to present. Full written opinions will be published online after session adjourns.