1997-1998 Competition Results
The Thirteenth Annual University of Minnesota Law School National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition was held March 5 - 7, 1998 at the University of Minnesota Law School. Twenty-four teams representing the following law schools participated:
The winner of the competition was Ohio State University, with New York Law School placing second. Ohio State University also won Best Brief honors and one of its team members, Christopher Hogan, was named Best Oral Advocate.
The teams briefed and argued Brzonkala v. Virginia Polytechnic and State University, 132 F. 3d 949 (4th Cir.1997), a case in which a female student who was raped by two members of a college football team sued the football players under the federal Violence Against Women Act asserting that the rapes were motivated by her assailants' discriminatory animus toward women. The case was argued as if certiorari had been granted by the United States Supreme Court. The question addressed was whether the civil rights remedy of the Violence Against Women Act is constitutional under the Commerce Clause or Section 5 of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?
Justices Esther Tomljanovich, Edward C. Stringer and Sandra S. Gardebring of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Chief Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr., Minnesota Court of Appeals and Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., United States District Court, Northern Ohio presided over the final argument before a near capacity audience in Lockhart Hall.