Collegiate Moot Court Competition
June 10-12, 2022
Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center
Registration is live for the 2022 Maimonides Moot Court Competition! Powered by Hadar and supported by Maimonides Fund, MMCC is the premier program for college students to debate modern ethics using Jewish legal wisdom.
Here’s how the competition works: Leading up to the competition, students are provided a detailed case involving an ethical quandary and a sourcebook of curated Jewish sources. Students construct arguments rooted in the provided texts to address the questions presented by the case.
Following a spirited shabbat celebrated in community, students debate their rulings in front of a panel of expert judges at the Sunday competition. Cases in recent years have addressed timely issues including criminal justice, tainted money, and artificial intelligence.
2022 Case Study
2022 Case: Is online shaming permissible for a greater cause?
Framed around a contested student-run social media page, the case challenges students to explore how Jewish laws around speech and shaming can be applied to a modern context. The full case and sourcebook will be distributed to registered students.
- Engage with preeminent scholars and rabbis
- Designed for students of all backgrounds
- Dive into deep and accessible Jewish learning
- Register as an individual or with a team
- Generous travel subsides
What are MMCC’s Covid-19 health and safety protocols?
- Every individual attending MMCC must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Participants are only considered fully vaccinated if they have received a booster shot or received their second dose of the vaccine within 6 months of the competition.
- All participants must confirm a negative rapid test result within 36 hours of arrival. We may also require another rapid test upon arrival.
- Masks will be required indoors, at all times, except for meals.
- If participants develop symptoms during the shabbaton, we have a protocol in place that involves quarantine, additional testing, and contact tracing.
Based on these guidelines, and in consultation with Hadar’s medical advisor, we are confident we can safely move forward with plans to gather in-person at MMCC. Participants will receive a full refund of their deposit and any non refundable travel expenses if we are unable to run the program in person.
Who is eligible to participate in the competition?
The competition is open to all college students.
Can I participate without having previous experience with Jewish text study?
Yes! Participants are provided a sourcebook with all of the materials needed to compete. All texts are included in their original language alongside an English translation.
Can I register without teammates, or with students from other schools?
Yes! Students can sign up with a group of teammates, or let us place you on a team. Whether you have a team in mind or not, all students must register individually.
How many students compete on each team?
Student teams typically have 2-4 students.
Is there a cost?
Once accepted, participation is fully subsidized and includes a generous travel subsidy. Registration includes: accommodations, competition costs, Shabbat programming and all meals. The only cost is a deposit which is fully refunded after participation in the competition.
What is the structure of the competition weekend?
Over the course of a weekend, participants enjoy conversations led by prominent guest speakers, small group activities, and social programming, all of which occur in an immersive Shabbat environment. The competition takes place on Sunday morning.
What is the religious atmosphere of the Shabbaton?
MMCC is a pluralistic program that welcomes students across the full spectrum of religious observance. Our shabbaton is often a highlight of the experience for students of all backgrounds. Multiple options are provided for prayer spaces to ensure there are appropriate options for everyone. Pearlstone is under OU kashrut supervision.
How can I find out more?
We’d love to tell you more about this program! Please reach out to Yitzhak Bronstein at [email protected] with any questions.