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McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Examines 14th Amendment

MARCH 25, 2009—Top honors in the 24th Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition held March 5-7 at the Law School went to Team 2 of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Second place as well as Best Brief honors went to South Texas College of Law's Team 2, third place to William Mitchell College of Law's Team 1, and fourth place to Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School. Thirty-seven teams from 26 schools competed.

This year's competition case, Holton v. City of Thomasville Sch. Dist., 490 F.3d 1257 (11th Cir. 2007), reh'g denied, 521 F.3d 1318 (11th Cir. 2008), considered whether racial imbalances created by ability grouping in schools violate the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The moot court competition and a continuing legal and judicial education program held Feb. 6, 2009, were co-hosted by the Law School and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in celebration of the legal aid organization's centennial.

For more on the event, visit the McGee Moot Court website.