2013-2014 Competition Results
The Twenty-Ninth Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition was held at the University of Minnesota Law School February 20 - 22, 2014. Thirty-three teams from the following schools submitted briefs and argued orally this year's competition case:
Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School Law School
This year’s competition problem continues the exploration of the extent to which corporations are people by considering whether they have a First Amendment right to freedom of religion. The competition case is Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Secretary of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 724 F.3d 377 (3d Cir. 2013) in which a for-profit corporation and its shareholders sought relief from the contraceptive-coverage “Mandate” of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act claiming that it violates their rights under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
First Place went to Chicago-Kent College of Law Team 1 which also won Best Brief honors. University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law took Second Place. Brigham Young University Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School Team 1 finished third and forth respectively. Pierce Hunter of UALR Bowen School of Law won both Best Oral Advocate of the Preliminary Rounds and Best Oral Advocate Overall with Judson Burton of Brigham Young University Law School earning an Honorable Mention in each instance.
Other teams that advanced to the Quarter-Finals included: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Howard University School of Law Team 2, University of South Dakota School of Law and Washington University in St. Louis School of Law Team 1.
Other teams that advanced to the Round of Sixteen included: Chicago-Kent College of Law Team 2, DePaul College of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, South Texas College of Law Team 1, University of St. Thomas School of Law Team 2, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School Team 2 and Washington University School of Law in St. Louis Team 2.
Over 180 attorneys and judges volunteered to judge the briefs and oral arguments at this year’s competition. To express its appreciation for their service, on January 31, 2014, the law school offered two free continuing legal and judicial education programs, Corporations: How Human Are They? Do They Have A Right To The Free Exercise of Religion? and Is Integration Still Our Goal as a Society?