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The Buffalo Moot Court Board is University at Buffalo Law School's chief moot court organization.

Membership on the Board is offered to students who demonstrate exceptional oral advocacy and brief writing skills through competing in the annual Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition. This over three decade old competition provides competitors with the opportunity to argue a constitutional law case currently pending before the United States Supreme Court. Accomplished lawyers from Western New York judge competitors in the preliminary rounds, while law school professors and federal and state judges evaluate the semifinalists and finalists.

The Board also hosts one of the oldest tax competitions in the country, the Albert R. Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition.  This premier competition features teams from across the United States arguing a tax problem formulated by one of the country’s leading scholars in federal income tax law, Professor Kenneth Joyce.

Awards for the Desmond competition are made possible through the Philip Pohl Memorial Fund, created in honor of Philip Pohl, a distinguished UB Law alumnus and former Buffalo attorney.



Buffalo Moot Court Board

University at Buffalo Law School, 604 John Lord O'Brian Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2037     Email:


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