Ames Moot Court Competition 2021

This year’s hypothetical case, Charles Artiss v. Westlake Pharmaceuticals, Inc., asked the teams to address one of the foremost hurdles in a lawsuit: personal jurisdiction.

This year’s presiding judges were Elena Kagan ’86, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court; Kimberly S. Budd ’91, chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; and Consuelo Maria Callahan, United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Carrie E. Buck Memorial Team (Petitioner):
John Acton, Jason Altabet*, Matt J. Bendisz, Ryan Dunbar, Maria Huryn, and Fenella McLuskie*

The Lila A. Fenwick Memorial Team (Respondent):
Chinyere Amanze*, Avita Anand, Reagan Chrisco, Sarah Maher, Morgan Sandhu*, and Mariah Watson

(*denotes oralist)

The Ames Moot Court Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions for appellate brief writing and advocacy in the country. The students participating in the Final Round started the competition in fall of their 2L year. Two teams progressed to the Final Round through their strong research abilities and excellent written and oral advocacy.

For more information, visit the Board of Student Advisers website



  1. Dec. 9, 2021 – I used to live in Boston, and I knew a couple of people in Cambridge where Harvard is located. The University of Mississippi School of Law has a moot courtroom named after my late father William Ethridge. Personally I've had nothing but problems with lawyers throughout my life. Not because I’m some jailbird or recidivist, but because my deceased parents were both lawyers, thugs, and violent child abusers in Jackson, Mississippi. Their behavior had a snowball or cumulative effect on me over the years. It poisoned many of my relationships and pursuits into adulthood as they carried out a low-key defamation campaign against me for years behind my back: how I’m supposedly stupid and always had bad grades (a college graduate); abnormally shy with the opposite sex to the point where I require help (married more than once); lazy; a drug abuser; you name it. I'm glad they're gone now, and they sure screwed up my life. After my chief justice father died, my mother became a close companion of a priest and ringleader for pervs in Boston. The pervs became a major public scandal, primarily in the Northeast 2000 – 2001. We’ve all seen repeat episodes since then in the media, in many different cities across the US, and all over the world for that matter. I am nothing like anybody in my birth family. They’re all violent. I stopped seeing every one of them some 21 years ago. An older brother named Bill nearly strangled me to death when I was 15 and he was 25, almost certainly encouraged to do so by my lawyer mother. He caused a black eye, bruises on my neck, and a hematoma (lump) on my scalp the size of a tennis ball. Adults including teachers never reported it or did anything about it. My mother Lura Ethridge got Bill Ethridge to file a false written complaint against me with Newton Centre, Mass. police in 2000. Police came over to the condo I was living in one morning, woke me up at 8 in the morning, and put me in both leg chains and handcuffs. I have no criminal record. I'm a former certified EMT and Navy medic, and I was the caregiver for my mother. I often spoke to any number of her doctors about her. They knew exactly who I was and certainly never asked me not to participate in her healthcare. Moreover I was paying her monthly bills. Police walked me out of the building and took me to jail in Newton Centre. They did all this based on the verbal complaint of an elderly woman on narcotics; a false handwritten statement from Bill, a violent estranged relative who had just flown into town from California; and a strange priest named Connelly. There was no evidence any crime had been committed. Connelly had telephoned a police detective to complain about me according to the detective's report. Connelly was a complete stranger to me, and I don't think my mother really knew him either. Most likely Cardinal Law sent him over to help agitate for the wrongful arrest. My mother had never asked me to leave or move, and I was not notified of the written complaint that Bill had scribbled out. Lura Ethridge was able to get police to do her thug favors, and help her abuse her own kids by simply lying to police on at least three occasions I'm aware of. Police officers took orders from her, an older woman who hadn’t practiced law since the late ‘70s. Lura did the same thing she did in Newton Centre in Jackson, Miss. in 1970, and in Gladstone (Kansas City), Missouri in 2007. I called my lawyer uncle Thomas Ethridge a few months after the leg chains and handcuffs incident. He was retired and a former US attorney in Oxford, Miss. He literally laughed at me and asked did I still see my mother. These are the kind of relatives I have, and they’re actually lawyers. I’ve always had a very hard time getting an attorney for anything in this country. Most simply refuse to work, or claim they don’t practice the type of law I need an attorney for. I couldn't even get an attorney in 2007 when two Gladstone (Kansas City), Missouri police officers entered my apartment without a warrant and assaulted me. They just showed up at my door screaming and yelling one afternoon and demanding ID. I was still recovering from recent open heart surgery at the time. They also demanded I call my estranged lawyer mother and said they worked for her. Of course they could have lied. As far as I know they were never charged or disciplined in any way. Could have been promoted for all I know. I got turned down by scores of lawyers in Kansas City; Mississippi; and elsewhere. Several laughed at me or implied the incident was my fault. I could have been killed. (Clay County pro se Case No. 07CY-CV10003.) I don’t feel safe in this country. All somebody has to do to get you arrested is lie about you to police. RB

  2. God save the united states ???? WHAT THE HECK??? How do people at such an advanced education level believe in supernatural nonsense that has 0 evidence for it? ?!?? Also, save the US FROM WHAT ? What god will do if the US doesnt accept the bible commandments and jesus as their savior ? Ughh, its sad to see how the top school in the world so brainwashed into the religious narrative propaganda of believing, fearing and submitting to a non-existent unprovable being that supposedly made planets but also likes to keep track of who has sex with who.

  3. I was finnaly able to sit down and give this a listen…

    The third speaker was incredible…I can't say I heard a single "um" really in her entire argument. I think, if i remember right, i can say the same thing about the 4th speaker as well tbh.

    Moreover, the way she articulated her thoughts+ her tone was something to behold.

  4. I just mooted this past semester, and this is absolutely impressive. To be able to delve into caselaw so effortlessly in answering minute and specific questions from judges is unbelievable. These law students could give most practicing lawyers a run for their money. Insane. That’s the level of Harvard.

  5. Divide and conquer is the name of the game. Mass Confusion is the tool being used herd the masses. If you want a Medical second opinion you now have to leave the country. When you go into the doctors office and give them your birthday and social security number two things happen. First of all your medical records pop up because now they're on a central database. So whether you went to a quack or not everything is there. The second thing that happens is how much money you owe and your credit score popps up.. So your medical treatment is basced on your credit score. You can thank Hillary and Obama and that bunch for that. Hillary & Michelle Obama parents paid their bills(of course saints in their eyes). So they feel that this gives them the right to use the medical system to kill people who don't or can't pay their bills. If a white man gave all the black people a free cell phones they would have been suspicious especially when all the pay phones started disappearing. (Try and find one) Check out what's going on in China…. that's where we're being herded like cattle
    They gave all the poor health insurance not to help them, but so the medical industry can make money off of them. This was their answer to high medical costs…
    New World Order here we come. Now if we can just get rid of that pesky cash.
    This is why I'm a registered independent. The right in the left are in bed together their just trying to decide who's going to be on top.
    Trump wasn't trying to drain the swamp. He was simply redecorating.
    If you want to drain the swamp you have to do it from the bottom. Our forefathers when they wrote the Constitution. They wrote it in such a way that this country can be ruled from the bottom up. If every state passes the same law then it is the law of the land. And the only people who can override that law is the Supreme Court. They and their families has to live among us. If every state passes the same law then it is a Unity law.
    The first Unity law that should be passed is attendance requirements for Congress. A couple of thousand students go to Washington every year to see our government in action. Congress is in session and nobody's there. Senators and representatives should be required to meet a 90% attendance rate. These people are not important enough to be impeached. They should get R&R. Recalled and Replaced.
    Every States has the right replace certain restrictions on their senators and representatives just as corporations have the right you have a moral clause.
    The second Unity law that should be passed is Lobby restrictions.
    If someone wants to Lobby Congress it should only be allowed to be done on the floor Congress. You want the lobby representative you do it on the floor of the house. If you want the lobbyists senator you do it on the floor of the Senate. This makes it easier you get rid of crooked politicians. With multi media this campaign can easily go Nationwide. …. A man who picks his banner up and gets these Unity laws passed. Will be the next president because the people will be behind him… .

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