October 6, 2009 09:36 Age: 5 yrs

Emory Law Hosts National Moot Court Competition

The Emory Law Moot Court Society will hold its third annual Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, featuring teams from 24 law schools across the country. The competition is free and open to the public.

The problem addresses two issues being heard in oral argument by the U.S. Supreme Court this term. The first issue concerns freedom of speech, specifically as it is affected by a federal statute prohibiting depictions of animal cruelty. The second issue concerns the use of expert witnesses testimony regarding the reliability of eyewitnesses or whether that determination is the sole realm of a jury.

The awards for best brief, best team and the top two oralists will be presented after the final round, which begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in Emory Law’s Tull Auditorium.

The competition is judged by a group of esteemed judges, professors and legal practitioners including Judge Stanley F. Birch Jr. 70L 76L of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Leo M. Gordon 77L of the U.S. Court of International Trade, Judge Richard J. Suarez of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Cynthia J. Becker of the DeKalb County Superior Court and Emory Law Professor Charles A. Shanor.

Learn more about the Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Competition.

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