Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition

February 4-6, 2005, Washington, D.C.
Event Information

The nation's capitol is the site of the Twelfth Annual Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition. Law students from across the country will gather to argue a specially formulated First Amendment problem. Competitors will have the opportunity to showcase their oral advocacy skills before local judges, prominent attorneys, and First Amendment scholars.

The First Amendment Moot Court Competition is named for Burton D. Wechsler of American University Washington College of Law. The Washington College of Law Moot Court Board is proud to honor Professor Wechsler for his commitment to both First Amendment jurisprudence and the Washington College of Law's Moot Court Program.


Second Place Winners(left): Tim Fox & Adam Weeks, University of Cincinnati College of Law
Final Round Judges: Judge Richard Roberts of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Chief Judge Paul R. Michel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Tournament Champions(right): Caroline Sykes & Aaron Lang, Duke University School of Law

A maximum of thirty-two teams will compete for over $800 in prize money. The winning team will receive $300, and $200 will be awarded for both best brief and best oralist. An award will also be presented to the best oralist in the preliminary rounds. All competitors will benefit from the feedback provided by distinguished Washington attorneys, judges and scholars, who will score the teams on their oral advocacy skills.

Teams will advance through two preliminary rounds, one octo-final round, one quarterfinal round, one semifinal round, and a final round between the top two law schools. The final round panels have been chaired by distinguished judges such as Judge Merrick Garland of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Washington College of Law is pleased to continue its tradition of attracting distinguished judges to preside over this year's competition. The Honorable Paul R. Michel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Richard Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will compose the final bench.

LOCATION:
The competition is held at American Univeristy, Washington College of Law.

BROCHURES:
Brochures will be mailed out late September-early October, 2004.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Registration Deadline: November 12, 2004.

Problem Distribution: November 22, 2004.

Deadline for Questions Regarding the Problem: December 20, 2004.

Briefs Due: January 10, 2005.


If you have questions about this competition send an e-mail to competition Directors Dominque Fite and Maryann Wou at moot@wcl.american.edu.