Announcements

Final Judging Panel

The 22nd 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 Judges Bernice Donald, Danny Boggs, and Paul Friedman will be this year's Competition Final Round Panel!

The Honorable Bernice Donald is WCL's Jurist-In-Residence this year. Judge Donald is currently serving on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She was nominated for the judgeship by President Obama in 2010, and was confirmed in 2011. Prior to her appointment, she served for 15 years as a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. In her early career, she worked in private practice and in service to the public at Memphis Area Legal Services. Judge Donald is also the recipient of the 2014 John H. Pickering Award of Achievement, presented by the Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.

The Honorable Danny Boggs is currently serving on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was nominated to fill a newly created seat on the bench by President Reagan in 1986. He served as the Chief Judge for the 6th Circuit from 2003 to 2009. Prior to sitting on the 6th Circuit, Judge Boggs served as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy, and before that he was a special assistant to President Reagan in the Executive Office of the President. Judge Boggs is notoriously known for vetting prospective law clerks using a quirky, 100-question general knowledge quiz covering topics as varied as Proust and particle physics.

The Honorable Paul Friedman is currently serving as a senior judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He was nominated for a judgeship in the court in 1994 by President Clinton, and assumed senior status in 2009. He began his legal career by serving as a law clerk for Judge Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr., of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and then as a law clerk for Judge Roger Robb of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Friedman served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1970 to 1974, as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States from 1974 to 1976 and as an associate and partner with White & Case from 1976 to 1994. He also served as President of the District of Columbia Bar from 1986 to 1987.

Past Competitions

Welcome to the 2015 Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition

October 16th-17th

Wechsler 2015 Results

Answers to Wechsler 2015 Problem Questions

Competition Schedule

Early bird registration: May 26th - July 31st; $500 per team
Regular Registration: August 1st - August 28th; $600 per team

If you have any questions, please contact us at firstamendment.wcl@gmail.com