AMC3 2018

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.

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Briefs Due: Thursday, Nov. 1

Preliminary Round
Thursday, Nov. 15 & Friday, Nov. 16 - Cordell Hull Building (multiple courtrooms)

Semifinal Round Eight Teams
Saturday, Nov. 17 - Old Supreme Court Chamber, State Capitol

Championship Round Two Teams
Sunday, Nov. 18 - 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

Barbara Hanlon originally went through the proper procedures and qualified for a concealed carry permit, including the State Of Tama requirement to show "good cause" for a permit. Afterwards, she pulled her handgun on an off-duty police officer in an everyday situation; her permit was revoked.

Ms. Hanlon went to court, claiming that the "good cause" standard in Tama law violates the Second and Fourteenth amendments. She prevailed in District Court, but the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed. Now the case is before the Supreme Court.


Whether the “good cause” requirement is a permissible limitation on an individual’s Second Amendment right to possess firearms in public.

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.

Hanlon vs. County of Vidalia
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.

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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