Announcements

The 19th Annual Burton D. Wechsler Moot Court Competition and the American University Washington College of Law Moot Court Honor Society are pleased to announce that the Honorable Paul D. Clement, 43rd Solicitor General of the United States, has agreed to join the Honorable Judges Denny Chin, Marsha S. Berzon, Timothy B. Dyk, and Reggie Walton to become the fifth and final member of the Competition's Final Panel!

The Hon. Denny Chin was first nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Clinton in 1994. As a federal district judge, Judge Chin presided over the landmark cases of Fox v. Franken and United States v. Madoff. He was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by President Obama in 2009, where he has sat since being confirmed in 2010.

The Hon. Marsha S. Berzon was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Clinton. She has sat on the Ninth Circuit since 2000. Prior to taking the bench, she served as a clerk for Associate Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.

The Hon. Timothy B. Dyk was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Clinton. He has served on the Federal Circuit since 2000. Prior to taking the bench, he had clerked for retired Associate Supreme Court Justices Stanley Reed, Harold Burton, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren.

The Hon. Reggie Walton is a 1974 alumnus of the American University Washington College of Law currently serving on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He has presided over the cases of United States v. Libby and United States v. Clemens. He was nominated to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2001.

The Hon. Paul D. Clement served as Solicitor General of the United States from 2004-2008, during the George W. Bush Administration. He has argued over fifty cases before the United States Supreme Court, including the landmark cases of United States v. Booker, Rumsfeld v. Padilla, and Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, in addition to have served as a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia.

Keep checking back, as we will be announcing a venue for the Competition's final reception in the coming week!

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Welcome to the 2012 Wechsler Moot Court Competition

The 19th Annual Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition will be
October 19 - 20, 2012.

Thank you for your interest in the Wechsler First Amendment Competition! Unfortunately, at this time our field is full for the 2012 tournament. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please contact our tournament directors, Rachael Vieder and Jane Wise, at firstamendment.wcl@gmail.com.

Click here to view the rules.

There has been some confusion over the dates of the tournament due to a discrepancy between the Rules and this website. To clarify, the Competition starts on the 19th, but competitors are strongly advised to arrive by the 18th. Sorry for any confusion!

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 Honor Society is proud to honor Professor Wechsler for his commitment to both First Amendment jurisprudence and the Washington College of Law's Moot Court Program.

The Wechsler Competition is pleased to announce that the final reception and awards banquet for competitors will be held at the world famous and beautiful National Press Club in downtown Washington, D.C.! Perched atop the National Press Building within sight of the White House and the Capital, the National Press Club is the traditional meeting place for Washington news-makers and journalists looking to relax. It has hosted speakers and world leaders, including Franklin Roosevelt, Nikita Khrushchev, Madame Chiang Kai Shek, Charles deGaulle, Boris Yeltsin, Nelson Mandela, Yasser Arafat, and the Dalai Lama. With its beautiful reception halls and stunning views, the Wechsler Competition can think of nowhere in Washington more fitting to celebrate our First Amendment-focused Moot Court tournament's competitors! We hope you'll join us.