FAU Honors College Public Speaking Opportunities

Honors Moot Court (Fall Semester)


Moot Court Moot courts involve simulated argument before the Supreme Court. Participants are given a hypothetical fact pattern that raises two constitutional issues, and must read and analyze a number of different court precedents and construct arguments on behalf of the petitioner and respondent. All teams competing in intercollegiate moot court competitions will argue the same case (the ACMA case is announced in May). Each team consists of two oral advocates who are responsible for knowing both issues, and are judged on their forensics, knowledge of the law, demeanor, and ability to answer questions from the bench. For more information about moot court, visit the American Collegiate Moot Court Association website .

The 2016-17 Moot Court Case: The moot court case concerns the First and Fourteenth Amendment rights of a female judge who is running for re-election and was not permitted to vote in person because her state enacted a photo-ID law requiring a valid photo-ID to vote, and the judge had just married and so her ID did not have her current legal name. An additional issue is whether the judge has 'standing' to challenge the law on behalf of herself and others, including a group of nuns, who also were unable to vote because of the law's requirements. The case is available here. The cases that competitors may draw on are listed towards the end of the case. 

The Course POS 3675 is a 1 credit graded course being offered in the Fall semester. Students develop public speaking and analytical skills throughout the program, while preparing for participation in an undergraduate moot court competition. Class will involve discussion of court cases, brainstorming sessions to help develop arguments, sessions addressing public speaking and style, and practice sessions in which students present arguments, respond to questioning, and grill and provide feedback to other students. Students will be able to get pointers on speaking presentation from local attorneys who volunteer to serve as judges for some of the practice sessions.

Please contact Prof. Mark Tunick if you are interested in participating in the Honors Moot Court at tunick@fau.edu or 561-799-8670.


Diplomacy Program (Spring semester)

The Florida Atlantic University Diplomacy Program was established in 1996 and offers students interested in international affairs opportunities to enhance their diplomatic skills in areas such as speech writing, public speaking, negotiation, dispute resolution, and research. FAU's Diplomacy Program has competed in diplomatic simulations in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Maastricht, Netherlands.

Diplomatic competitions are simulations of major international organizations in which schools are assigned countries and students serve as diplomats of their assigned country. Student-delegates must remain in diplomatic and country character throughout the competition, composing portfolios of country information, and drafting country profiles and resolutions that are judged by conference organizers. Each year since 2007, FAU's delegation has been honored with a national award.

The Course Students must apply to participate in the Diplomacy program in the fall semester to participate in diplomatic competitions during the spring. Selected students enroll in INR 4503 Advanced Diplomacy. Students interested in applying for the program should visit www.fau.edu/diplomacy for details.
Students in the Wilkes Honors College are encouraged to apply for the Diplomacy program and take INR 4503 in the spring at the Boca Raton campus. For those who cannot do so, an Honors College delegation will be assembled in the fall term to compete in the Southern Regional simulation. Information about the Honors College option can be found on the Diplomacy Program webpage.



See also information about Ethics Bowl, which began at the Honors College in March, 2015.

Last Modified 11/8/16