2010-2011 Competition Results
The Twenty-Sixth Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition was held at the University of Minnesota Law School February 24 -26, 2011. Thirty-Seven teams from the following schools submitted briefs and argued orally this year's competition case:
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
Brooklyn Law School
Campbell University School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Hamline University School of Law
Michigan State University College of Law
New York Law School
Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law
Seton Hall School of Law
Southern University Law Center
South Texas College of Law
St. Thomas University School of Law
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
University of Baltimore 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
William and Mary Law School
William Mitchell College of Law
This year’s competition problem considered whether the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), by limiting the term “marriage” to a “legal union of a man and a woman as husband and wife” and the term “spouse” to a “person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife”, constitutes an overstepping by the federal government into an area of authority reserved for the states pursuant to the Tenth Amendment or violates the Equal Protection aspects of the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause. The competition cases are Gill, et al. v. Office of Personal Management, 699 F.Supp.2d 374 (Mass. Dist. Ct. 2010) and Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, 698 F.Supp.2d 234 (Mass. Dist. Ct. 2010). Teams were asked to assume that these matters were consolidated for the purpose of appeal and taken directly to the United States Supreme Court as a matter “of such imperative public importance as to justify deviation from normal appellate practice”.
Top honors went to Washington University in St. Louis School of Law Team 2. Michigan State University College of Law took Second Place. Chicago-Kent College of Law finished third. The University of Wisconsin Law School Team 1 was forth. Campbell University School of Law Team 1 won Best Brief honors. Samir Jaber of the University of Wisconsin Law School Team 1 was named both Best Oral Advocate of the Preliminary Rounds and Best Oral Advocate Overall with Mikela Sutrina of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law Team 2 receiving an honorable mention for her close finish with regard to the latter award.
Other teams that advanced to the Quarter-Finals included: Washington University in St. Louis School of Law Team 1, University of Oklahoma College of Law Team 2, Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law and Brigham Young University Law School.
Other teams that advanced to the Round of Sixteen included: Hamline University School of Law Teams 1 & 2, Campbell University School of Law Team 1, Brooklyn Law School, the University of Wisconsin Law School Team 2, University of North Dakota School of Law Team 1, Washburn University School of Law and South Texas College of Law Team 1.
Over 140 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, “I do.” “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!”- The Constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. January 28, 2011.