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1998-1999 Competition Results

 The 1999 finalists pose with members of the final panel. From left to right: Rachel Mears and Jordan Copeland of first place New York University School of Law, Chief Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr. of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Commissioner Janeen Rosas of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Justice Joan Erickson Lancaster of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Referee Wesley Iijima of the Hennepin County Juvenile Court, and Heather Esau and Margaret Garvin of second place University of Minnesota Law School Team No.1

 

The Fourteenth Annual University of Minnesota Law School National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition was held March 4 - 6, 1999 at the University of Minnesota Law School. Twenty-six teams represented the following law schools:

Albany Law School (Albany, NY)
Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)
Brooklyn Law School (Brooklyn, NY)
Columbus School of Law (DC)
Duke University School of Law (Durham NC)
Emory University School of Law (Atlanta, GA)
Georgetown University Law Center (DC)
Hamline University School of Law (St. Paul, MN)
Southern Illinois Univ. School of Law (Makanda IL)
John Marshall Law School (Chicago, IL)
New York Law School (New York, NY)
NYU School of Law (New York, NY)
North Carolina Central School of Law (Durham NC)
Northeastern School of Law (Boston, MA)
Ohio State University College of Law (Columbus, OH)
St. Thomas University (Miami, FL)
Seattle University School of Law (Tacoma, WA)
Seton Hall University School of Law (Newark, NJ)
U of Minnesota Law School (Minneapolis, MN)
Villanova University School of Law (Villanova, PA)
Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA)
William Mitchell College of Law (St. Paul, MN)

The overall winner of the competition was New York University School of Law team consisting of Rachel Mears and Jordan Copeland. University of Minnesota Law School Team No. 1, consisting of Margaret Gavin and Heather Esau, placed second. The Georgetown University Law Center team consisting of Halimah DeLaine and Thomas Abt won Best Brief honors. Keino Robinson from Villanova Law School, was named Best Oral Advocate with Margaret Gavin placing a close second and receiving Honorable Mention. The other teams that advanced in the competition included Georgetown University Law Center and University of Minnesota Law School Team No. 2 which advanced to the semi-finals, and Emory University School of Law, Ohio State University College of Law, Villanova University School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law Team No. 1 which advanced to the quarter-finals.

Each team briefed and argued Southworth v. Grebe, 151 F.3d 717 (7th Cir. 1998) reh'g en banc denied, 157 F.3d 1124 (7th Cir. 1998, a case in which three law students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison challenged the University's student activity fee as compelling them to support organizations whose positions they opposed in violation of their rights of free speech and freedom of association.

Justice Joan Erickson Lancaster of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Chief Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr., of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Commissioner Janeen Rosas, of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and Referee Wesley Iijima, of the Hennepin County Juvenile Court, presided over the final argument before an audience in Lockhart Hall.

 Justice Joan Erickson Lancaster, far right, with members of the Georgetown University Law Center team which won 1999 Best Brief honors, from left to right: coach Mary Gilg, Halimah DeLaine and Thomas Abt.

 Referee Wesly Iijima with Keino Robinson of Villanova University School of Law, who was selected by the judges as the Best Oral Advocate of the 1999 competition.