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National Moot Court Teams Win At Regionals

November 25, 2008—The Law School's National Moot Court teams brought home several top prizes from the Region 14 Moot Court Competition, held Nov. 20-22 at the University of Iowa—including the Regional championship trophy.

The Petitioner team, comprised of third-year students Mollie Anderson, Denise Delcore, and Shaun Redford, won the Region 14 championship with a perfect 6-0 record. The team also won the trophy for the best Petitioner brief. In addition, Delcore and Redford received honorable mentions for the regional best oral advocacy prize.

The Respondent team (3Ls David Clarke, Andrea Johnson, and Kathleen Lynott) advanced to the Region 14 quarterfinals. Johnson received an honorable mention for the regional best oral advocacy prize.

The awards are the latest additions to the Law School's reputation for success in the National Moot Court challenge: The Law School's Moot Court Teams have accumulated 18 Regional Best Brief trophies since 1982, and have advanced to the national finals six times in the past seven years.

This year's competition focused on two issues. In the first issue, a town denies a permit to a religious school to add to its buildings. The question is whether the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act sec. 2 "exceed[s] Congress’ power under the 14th Amendment and violates the Establishment Clause." In the second issue, the parents of a student enroll their child in a private school and seek tuition reimbursement from the public school district. The question is whether "the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act limits tuition reimbursement only to children who have [already] received public special education and related services through attendance at a public school."

The Region 14 competition pitted the University of Minnesota Law School's two teams against 12 other teams representing six other law schools. The next round of the competition will take place Feb. 2 - 5, 2009, in New York City.

The National Moot Court Competition is sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Young Lawyers Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and focuses on developing the art of appellate advocacy.