AMC3 2016

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. 3

Preliminary Round
Thursday, Nov. 17 & Friday, Nov. 18 - Legislative Plaza (four courtrooms)

Semifinal Round Eight Teams
Saturday, Nov. 19 - Old Supreme Court Chamber, State Capitol

Championship Round Two Teams
Sunday, Nov. 20 - 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.

The template isn't ready yet.

Please submit the brief as a PDF.


The rules are on a separate web page.

The Problem

"Chocolate is a serious thing!"

– Counselor Deanna Troi
Star Trek: The Next Generation

The members of the Incandenza family are of the Sylvanist faith. A tenet of their religion requires the hourly consumption of a chocolate wafer.

Their children attend Enfield District Schools, consistent with the state's compulsory education laws. The school district announced a new policy banning the consumption of chocolate or candy at school to help combat obesity.

The Incandenzas sued for the religious freedom to let their children eat chocolate at school. The school district replied that its policy wasn't an unconstitutional infringement on the Incandezas' religion, and the district court agreed.

Now the case is on appeal. Should the district court's decision be upheld or should the Incandenzas have the religious freedom to consume chocolate in the classroom?


Whether there is a hybrid rights exception to the general rule that the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause requires only rational basis review for neutral and generally applicable laws that incidentally burden a particular religion.

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.

Incandenza vs. Enfield
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

We will attempt to post in a different format upon request.

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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