Howard University

Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court Team

houton_photo Charles Hamilton Houston was one of the most important civil rights attorneys in American history. A lawyer, in his view, was an agent for social change—“either a social engineer or a parasite on society.” In 1958, the main building of the Howard University School of Law was dedicated as Charles Hamilton Houston Hall. His significance became more broadly known through the success of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and after the 1983 publication of
Genna Rae McNeil’s Groundwork: Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle for Civil Rights. He also served as an inspiration and mentor to Judge William Hastie, Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., Judge Spottswood William Robinson, III, James Nabrit Jr., and Oliver Hill. All of whom were leading legal scholars of their day and dedicated their careers to the fight for equality for all. Charles Houston served as Dean of Howard University School of Law from 1929 to 1935, during which time he shaped the school into a significant institution, training almost a quarter of the nation’s black law students. He focused on civil rights law, a subject that was not part of the curriculum of America’s law schools. The Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court Team is named in honor of Mr. Houston because of his role as the mastermind behind the brilliant strategy that attacked the “separate but equal doctrine,” which led to the destruction of legal segregation. In the words of Thurgood Marshall, “we owe it all to Charlie.”

HONORING OUR HISTORY
Each year, the Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court team hosts our annual William B. Bryant-Luke C. Moore Invitational Moot Court Competition.

The Bryant-Moore Competition is in honor of the Honorable William B. Bryant and the Honorable Luke Charles Moore. Judge Bryant, a 1936 graduate of Howard Law, became the first African American Chief Justice of the U.S. District of the District of Columbia.

President Kennedy appointed Judge Moore a Chief U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia, making him the first African-American to serve in that capacity since Frederick Douglass. Then, President Nixon appointed Judge Moore to the Superior Court where he became a senior judge. The Bryant-Moore competition is dedicated to honoring both Judge Bryant’s and Judge Moore’s legacies. The Inaugural Bryant Moore Invitational Moot Court Competition will be held February 28th and March 1, 2014, in Washington, D.C.


2013 Charles Hamilton Houston Moot Court Team
2013 Charles Hamilton Houston Moot Court Team

2013 Team Achievements

  • Best Oralist – 2013 Tulane University Law School National Sports Law Competition
  • Professionalism Award – 2013 Charles School of Law National Moot Court Competition

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Team trip to hear oral arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States.


Coaches:
Coach Robert Fabrikant
Coach Tai Dixon
Coach Sasha Hodge-Wren
Coach Lauren Pruitt
Coach Valarie Collins Pruitt
Coach Taylor Lewis









updated: March 18, 2014