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2007-2008 Competition Results

Twenty-Third Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
February 28, 29, and March 1, 2008

Forty teams from 26 schools submitted briefs and argued orally the case selected for this year's competition. This year's competition problem considered the dynamic of race in the jury selection process.

The competition case, State v. Snyder, 942 So. 2d 484 (La. 2006), cert. granted, 127 S. Ct. 3004 (2007) (No. 06-10119), concerns an African-American man who was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death by an all white jury after the state used its peremptory challenges to exclude all of the prospective African-American jurors.

The competition participants addressed whether the Supreme Court of Louisiana used the appropriate test to determine if the state's use of peremptory challenges constituted purposeful race discrimination and whether it applied the test correctly. The actual case was argued before the United States Supreme Court on December 4, 2007 and a decision is expected soon.

Team Competition Results

1st Place: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Team 1
2nd Place: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Team 2
3rd Place: Southern Illinois University School of Law, Team 1
4th Place: University of Wisconsin Law School, Team 1

Best Brief Award

Southern Illinois University School of Law, Team 1

Best Oral Advocate Overall Award

Clinton Hubbell, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Team 1

Best Oral Advocate of the Preliminary Rounds Award

Robert Harvey, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Team 2

Honorable Mentions:
Clinton Hubbell, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Team 1
Rachel Redfern, George Mason University School of Law


2007-2008 Participating Schools:

Brooklyn Law School
Chicago Kent College of Law
DePaul University College of Law
George Mason University School of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Hamline University Law School
J. Reuben Clark Law School Brigham Young University
Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Touro College
New York Law School
Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Campbell Univ.
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Seton Hall School of Law
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Texas Tech University, School of Law
University of Cincinnati College of Law
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
University of Michigan Law School
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
Valparaiso University School of Law
Washington University School of Law in St. Louis
Wayne State University
William Mitchell College of Law

 
 

View a PDF bracket of the Advanced Rounds of the competition.


Ratings charts:

Top 10 Briefs

Top 10 Oralists, Overall

Top 10 Oralists,
Preliminary Rounds


Over 150 attorneys and judges volunteered to judge the briefs and oral arguments. To express its appreciation for their service, the law school offered the continuing legal and judicial education program, "Predicting Prejudice: The Dynamic of Race in the Jury Selection Process" on February 1, 2008.


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