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Neal Katyal (left) with Professor Mark Rienzi,co-chair, CUA Law Supreme Court Moot Program


Supreme Court Moot Offers Students Lessons in Appellate Strategy


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Catholic University law students were permitted to preview an upcoming Supreme Court argument on Nov. 24, when Hogan Lovells partner Neal Katyal participated in a moot for a case he will argue before the high court in early December.
The opportunity was the latest installment in the unique CUA Law Supreme Court Moot Program, which has brought some of the nation’s premier Supreme Court advocates into Slowinski Courtroom to refine their oral arguments before a panel of volunteer “judges” who assume the role of the Supreme Court Justices.
The members of the moot court bench conduct the proceeding much as the actual court would, then offer the advocate advice, feedback, and critique of argument at its end.
Students are encouraged to watch as a learning exercise, but must commit to an oath of confidentiality.
Today's case, B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries, concerns procedural and jurisdictional questions in trademark disputes.
Mr. Katyal, who also teaches law at Georgetown, focuses on appellate and complex litigation. He has argued more than twenty cases at the Supreme Court and has served as Acting Solicitor General and Principal Deputy Solicitor General. He is widely regarded as one of the best Supreme Court advocates in the nation.
Other participants in the CUA Law Supreme Court Moot Program include Nat Lewin and former Solicitor General Paul Clement.