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McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition Begins March 4

FEBRUARY 26, 2010—The William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition is being held at the Law School March 4-6, 2010. A diverse cross-section of attorneys and judges make up the panels that preside over the oral arguments.

The first round will begin the afternoon of March 4. Each of 36 teams will argue in a minimum of three preliminary rounds, with 16 teams moving forward to the first level of the advanced rounds. They then have the opportunity for additional arguments in quarterfinals, semifinals, and third place or final rounds.

Awards will go to first-, second- and third-place teams; best brief team; best oral advocate of the preliminary rounds; and overall best oral advocate.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the Law School to promote interest in civil rights law and to develop the oral advocacy and writing skills that are essential to successful appellate practitioners. Professor Carl M. Warren ('75) has been the advisor and overall supervisor for the McGee Competition for 18 years.

The Competition's namesake was the first African American appointed Chief Public Defender in Minnesota. William E. McGee ('80) devoted much of his career to representing the poor and underprivileged and advocating for human rights. He served as Executive Director at the Legal Rights Center, and in 1992 he received the Hennepin County Bar Association Pro Bono Award and the Minnesota Minority Lawyers Association Leadership award. Mr. McGee passed away in 2000.

In celebration of the Competition's 25th year, Mrs. Rose McGee will be present at the welcoming dinner March 4.