2007-2008 Competition Results
Twenty-Third Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
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
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
2007-2008 Participating Schools:
Brooklyn Law School