Civil Rights Moot Court and Appellate Advocacy Institute

Beginning with Thurgood Marshall and Charles Hamilton Houston, the Howard University School of Law has been at the forefront of shaping the startegy of Civil Rights advocates and has provided a space for attorneys to practice civil rights arguments before presenting them at the Supreme Court. In the past few years, Howard University School of Law has mooted the attorneys arguing some of the most important civil rights cases of our generation, including cases related to affirmative action, the death penalty, same sex marriage, fair housing, and transgender rights. The Civil Rights Moot Court and Appelate Advocacy Institute:

IMPROVES OUTCOMES.
Attorneys who have mooted at Howard have reported that the experience helped them to be focused, thoughtful, and ready to handle an array of questions during arguments at the Supreme Court.

INCREASES DIVERSITY.
The Civil RIghts Moot Institute increases diversity of the Supreme Court and appellate bars by providing hands on experience in appellate advocacy to some of Howard's most talented law students.

HELPS TO SHAPE CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION STRATEGY.
Howard's Civil Rights Moot Institute brings together some of the leading minds in Civil Rights Advocacy and appellate practice.

MERGES EXPERIENTIAL AND DOCTRINAL EDUCATION.
The Civil Rights Moot Institute gives students unique and invaluable exposure to Supreme Court practice, demonstrating to them the discipline, passon and rigor demanded to prepare and win a Supreme Court Case. 

SAMPLE CASES

Fair Housing/Fair Lending
• Texas Dep't of Hous. & Cmty. Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. (2015)
• Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. (2015)
• Bank of Am. Corp. v. City of Miami, Fla. (2017)
• Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP (2019)

LGBTQ+ Rights 
• Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)
• Whitaker By Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified Sch. Dist. No. 1 Bd. of Educ. (7th Cir.) (2017)
• Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (2018)
• Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. EEOC (2019)

Death Penalty
• Buck v. Davis (2017) 
• Office of the Federal Public D, et al. v. William Barr, et all (DC Cir) (2020)
• McKinney v. Arizona (2019)

Policing
• Callwood v. Phenix City (11th Cir) (2016)
• Smart v. City of Wichita (10th Cir) (2019)
• Roxanne Torres v. Janice Madrid and Richard Williamson (2020)
• Thompson v. Clark (2021)

Civil Rights/Affirmative Action/First Amendment/Title VII
• Fisher v. Univ. of Texas at Austin (2016)
• Taggart v. Lorenzen (2019)
• Federal Communications Commission v. Prometheus Radio Project (2020)
• Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization (2021)​
• Mitchell v. Kirchmeier (8th Cir) (2021)