AMC3 2017

Welcome to the Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge.

AMC3 is a program TISL created to fill a gap between moot court in law school and successful mock trial programs for high school and college students. Participation is limited to college students who are not in law school.

Legal teams of two to five members -- four is typical -- argue each side of a hypothetical case before the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court.

Courthouse Sponsor

Revised Case Authorities Package Released

Sept. 7, 2017

After releasing the problem on August 30, the Court recognized problems in the .zip file of Case Authorities. The revised download below is corrected.

Cover Page / Explanation


Briefs Due: Thursday, Nov. 2

Preliminary Round
Thursday, Nov. 16 & Friday, Nov. 17 - Legislative Plaza (multiple courtrooms)

Semifinal Round Eight Teams
Saturday, Nov. 18 - Old Supreme Court Chamber, State Capitol

Championship Round Two Teams
Sunday, Nov. `9 - Tennessee Supreme Court Building


  • There are no significant changes to the rules this year.
  • Briefs and arguments may reference cases outside the closed List of Authorities insofar as they are quoted by a case in the List of Authorities.
  • You aren't expected to Shepardize Cases in the List of Authorities.
  • The brief will count for 33 percent of each team's score in every round.
  • Teams aren't identified by college name during oral arguments.
  • Attendance at oral arguments is open to everyone.


Each team submits a brief two weeks before the competition. Download MS Word template for brief. We strongly recommend preparing your brief in Microsoft Word. Alternate applications such as Google Docs frequently break the formatting.

Please submit the brief as a PDF.


The rules are on a separate web page.

The Problem

Karen Page discovered that her employer, Union Allied Corp., might be a financial Chinese laundry.

She thought Union Allied wasn't complying with certain federal laws, which left the door open for Chinese companies to launder money, including proceeds from heroin trafficking.

Ms. Page alleges that when she reported the problem to her boss, things started getting dirty. Her previous employee review was overwhelmingly positive. Afterwards, she received a negative review and was fired.

She sued, claiming she was protected as a whistleblower by federal law. The trial court ruled for Union Allied on a technicality. Ms. Page appealed, and the appellate court reversed. Now the case is before the Supreme Court.


Whether an individual who reports securities violations internally, but not to the SEC, is entitled to the anti-retaliation whistleblower protections provided by the Dodd-Frank Act.

Teams will prepare a brief and oral arguments.

Two downloads

The first download contains the full technical record from depositions to Certiorari plus the List of Authorities.

Union Allied vs. Page
PDF Case History

Case Authorities | One file

This is a closed List of Authorities. Lawyers may reference cases outside the List of Authorities insofar as they are quoted by a case in the List of Authorities.

Revised Sept. 7, 2017 | Case Authorities - Zip file containing PDF documents

TISL and its AMC3 partners are committed to developing a high-quality program that provides new opportunities to undergraduates interested in the law. In combination with the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court, students have a chance to learn about and experience previously inaccessible parts of the judicial system.

We welcome suggestions and participation.

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