2009-2010 Competition Results
The Twenty-Fifth Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition was held at the University of Minnesota Law School March 4 -6, 2010. Thirty-three teams from the following schools submitted briefs and argued orally this year's competition case:
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School University of Oklahoma College of Law Washburn University School of Law
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
University of Oklahoma College of Law
Washburn University School of Law
This year’s competition problem considered whether race-based surveillance and hostility directed at African-American patrons by employees of a retail establishment constitute “interference with protected contract interests” in violation of 42 U.S.C. §1981 and also whether such conduct constitutes a violation of the Missouri Human Rights Act’s prohibition of public accommodation discrimination. The competition case was Gregory v. Dillard’s, Inc., 565 F.3d 464 (8th Cir. 2009) (en banc), cert. denied, 2009 WL 2946880 (U.S. 2009), 78 USLW 3130 (U.S. Nov. 16, 2009) (No. 92-322).
Top honors went to Washington University in St. Louis School of Law Team 1. University of St. Thomas Law School Team 2 took Second Place. Brooklyn Law School finished third. The University Of Iowa College Of Law was forth and won Best Brief honors. Jeremy Bayless of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law Team 2 was named both Best Oral Advocate of the Preliminary Rounds and Best Oral Advocate Overall.
Other teams that advanced to the Quarter-Finals included: South Texas College of Law Team 2, Washington University at St. Louis School of Law Team 2, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School and University of South Dakota School of Law Team 1.
Other teams that advanced to the Round of Sixteen included: University of Arkansas at Little Rock Team 2, William Mitchell College of Law Team 1, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Team 2, Case Western Reserve University School of Law Team 2, University of Oklahoma College of Law Team, Chicago-Kent College of Law Team 1, Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, and University of Baltimore School of Law.
Over 160 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 continuing legal and judicial education program, Shopping While Black: Do §1981 and the Prohibition Against Public Accommodation Discrimination Provide Appropriate Relief Against Its Perils on February 5, 2010.