Students who are interested in the law or debate are encouraged to participate in YSU's Moot Court. The course prepares students to compete at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association's official Midwest Regional Tournament which takes place at The College of Wooster. Teams that place near the top in this tournament are then invited to the National Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament. At the competition, students read, analyze, understand and argue constitutional law issues and answer questions as if they were appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Six teams from the Youngstown State University's 2012-13 Moot Court Team participated in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association's official Midwest Regional Tournament at Wooster this year. The tournament was held November 16-17, 2012.
Thirty teams from seven schools entered the competition. The YSU team consisting of Zach White and Josh Prest earned the honor of becoming the Midwest Regional Runners-Up of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association.
They and six of their teammates (Catherine Carney, James Toliver, Mike Goldthwait, Kayla Schindler, Jacob Schriner-Briggs, and Sean Varsho) advanced to the National Moot Court Competition which was held in January at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, VA, where they placed first and third in the nation. YSU advanced further than any other state university.
Other members of YSU's teams include Melissa Wasser, Stephanie Ritchie, Jennifer Sobnosky, and Jordan Uhl.
In order to be better prepared for the competition, YSU teams argue cases before area judges and lawyers who volunteer their time. The team advisor is Atty. Ron Slipski, Instructor of Political Science, YSU and senior partner with the firm of Green Haines Sgambati.
More information about the AMCA tournament can be found at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association website.