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2012-2013 Competition Results

2013 Top Ten Best Briefs

2013 Top Ten Oral Advocates - Preliminary Rounds

2013 Top Ten Oral Advocates - Overall

2013 Teams Advancing to Round of Sixteen

2013 Advanced Round Tournament Chart

The Twenty-Eighth Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition was held at the University of Minnesota Law School February 21-23, 2013. Thirty-five teams from the following Twenty-three schools submitted briefs and argued orally this year's competition case:

Brigham Young University Law School

Brooklyn Law School

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

George Washington University Law School

Hamline University School of Law

Howard University School of Law

Michigan State University College of Law

Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law

Pepperdine University School of Law

South Texas College of Law

University of Baltimore School of Law

University of Connecticut School of Law

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

University of North Dakota School of Law

University of Oklahoma College of Law

University of South Dakota School of Law

University of St. Thomas School of Law

University of Wisconsin Law School

Washburn University School of Law

Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Western State College of Law

William Mitchell College of Law

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This year’s competition problem considered whether an urban renewal plan that would displace low income housing, the majority of which is occupied by African American and Latino residents, in favor of a higher priced housing development would constitute disparate impact discrimination and, if so, whether such discrimination is a violation of the Fair Housing Act, i.e. Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. § 3601 et seq. The competition case is Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. v. Twp. of Mount Holly, 658 F.3d 375 (3d Cir. 2011). In the actual case, a Petition for Certiorari is currently pending before the United States Supreme Court. Teams were asked to assume that the petition was granted and that the case was before that Supreme Court.

Top honors went to Michigan State University College of Law. Washington University School of Law in St. Louis Team 1 took Second Place. Cleveland Marshall College of Law Team 1 finished third and won Best Brief honors. University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Team 2 was fourth. Molly Etkind of Michigan State University College of Law was Best Oral Advocate of the Preliminary Rounds. Monique Patton of Michigan State University College of Law was named Best Oral Advocate Overall with Stanley Lloyd of Brigham Young University Law School, Aaron Davidowitz of Washington University School of Law St. Louis Team 1 and Ashley Moore of the University of Oklahoma College of Law Team 2 receiving Honorable Mention.

Other teams that advanced to the Quarter-Finals included: Brigham Young University Law School, University of Oklahoma College of Law Team 2, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law Team 2 and Chicago-Kent College of Law Team 2.

Other teams that advanced to the Round of Sixteen included: University of South Dakota School of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School Teams 1 and 2, University of Connecticut School of Law Team 2, Chicago-Kent College of Law Team 1, South Texas College of Law Team 1, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Hamline University School of Law Team 1.

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, the law school offered the free continuing legal and judicial education program, The Role of the Fair Housing Act in Shaping America’s Communities on Friday, February 15, 2013.

 
 

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