1998-1999 Competition Results
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:
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.