BOARD OF ADVOCATES

The Board of Advocates (BOA) is a student organization that promotes oral and written advocacy through on-campus and off-campus competitions. The board is made up entirely of second- and third-year law students who have excelled in moot court, mock trial, client counseling, mediation, and/or arbitration.

ANNUAL COMPETITIONS

BOA organizes and facilitates two annual intra-school moot court competitions. In the fall, it hosts the Calvert Moot Court Competition for all second and third year law students. In the spring, it hosts a separate 1L competition for all of the first year law students. In addition to these annual competitions, BOA also facilitates the regional and national inter-school competitions hosted by OU College of Law.

MEMBERSHIP

All students are eligible to join the board. In the fall, first-year students are eligible to serve as bailiffs in the Calvert Competition. In the spring, all 1Ls participate in the BOA-sponsored 1L Moot Court competition.  Students are also eligible to run for BOA positions during their second and third years.

CONTACT

  • The Board of Advocates office is located on the Southwest corner of the third floor in the College of Law, Room 3006. For more information, stop by the office or email BOA at ouboa@ou.edu, or you can contact the BOA faculty sponsor, Professor Connie Smothermon, at csmothermon@ou.edu.

     

    Board of Advocates/Competitions
    OU College of Law
    300 Timberdell Road
    Norman, Oklahoma 73019

    Connie Smothermon, Director of Competitions
    Email: csmothermon@ou.edu
    Phone: (405) 325-6164

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Board of Advocates Eager to Use iPads in Competitions

The OU Law Board of Advocates hosts several intra-school and interscholastic competitions a year.  Hosting a tournament takes hundreds of hours of preparation including contacting judges, setting up administration and  coordinating schedules.  The digital initiative will help make tournament communication more efficient.  

Kim Beight, president of the BOA says,  “it really takes a village to plan a competition, and there are many moving parts in play at any given time.

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