The appellate sections of the Tarrant County and Dallas Bar Associations are co-sponsoring an upcoming Appellate Section CLE on Thursday, Nov. 2, which will be held at the City Club in downtown Fort Worth. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to take advantage of the reduced $20 rate for pre-registration.
AMERICAN MOOT COURT/UNT DALLAS COLLEGE OF LAW - NATIONAL COMPETITION
Greetings from the American Moot Court Association (http://amcamootcourt.org/) (AMCA).
UNT Dallas College of Law and AMCA are hosting the national competition for all regional qualifiers on Friday January 19, 2018 – Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the UNT Dallas College of Law campus in beautiful downtown Dallas. We are reaching out to you hoping you can volunteer as a judge for one or multiple rounds at the competition. With 160 competitors from schools all around the nation, we need over 250 judges to ensure we have full panels both days!
AMCA was created to give students at the undergraduate level the opportunity to simulate appellate court arguments by competing in regional qualifying competitions. These regional qualifiers then advance to the national competition which is where you are needed! The hypothetical case problem requires students to present oral arguments to attorneys, faculty, and law students who act as United States Supreme Court Justices. Teams of two, representing both the Petitioners and the Respondents compete against each other regarding a case problem involving rights under the U.S. Constitution. As a judge, you ask competitors questions and give each person scores based on their knowledge of the subject matter, responses to questions, forensic skills, courtroom demeanor, organization, logic, and clarity of arguments.
A copy of the case problem can be found at our website http://www.acmamootcourt.org/ under the “Current AMCA Case” link. We will send you a bench brief for "Judges Eyes Only" after you sign up! (Students are automatically disqualified if they see the info from the brief. Please do not share it with any undergraduates who might be competing!)
You may sign up to volunteer here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a9ac2ea31-2018
This year, our case problem addresses criminal procedure and fascinating questions about technology, due process, and punishment. The questions certified before the High Court are:
1) Whether the Functional Brain Mapping Exam (FBME) conducted by the State of Olympus facially violates the right against self-incrimination protected by the Fifth Amendment, as applied to the states through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?
2) Whether the sentence of solitary confinement, as applied to Petitioner, violates the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the Eighth Amendment, as applied to the states through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?
If you are interested in volunteering, we need attorneys, law students, and faculty from a broad array of disciplines. Please sign up for as many time slots as you can and forward this link to any organizations or persons in the legal community who you think would be interested in judging. After you sign up, you will be sent a bench brief summarizing the key legal points and cases that students may use to compete. This is a “closed case” problem meaning that that there are a finite set of cases that you will be expected to know and ask about. Each round lasts no more than 75 minutes, and we ask that before the first round you sign up for that you arrive 30-45 minutes early for the judge briefing. Judges are especially needed on Friday and the early rounds on Saturday. The tournament schedule is listed below.
Friday, January 19, 2018
1:15-1:45 PM - Judge briefing (those in later rounds should arrive 30 minutes early for briefing)
2:00 – 3:15 PM - Round I Preliminaries
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM - Round II Preliminaries
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM - Round III Preliminaries
6:15 PM - Hors d'oeuvres & announcement of top 32 teams - Speaker awards
Saturday, January 20, 2018
8:00 AM - Team Check-in & coin toss for sides
8:30 AM - Judge/Bailiff orientation
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM -Qualifying Round
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM -Double Octafinals (Round of 32)
12:00 PM -1PM- Lunch (provided)
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM - Octafinals (Sweet 16)
Times below, by invitation only (please email tournament directors if interested)
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM - Quarterfinals (Elite 8)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Semifinals (Final 4)
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM - Final Round - Award ceremony
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM- Banquet
We hope you will take time out of your busy schedules to help train the next generation of advocates, and we appreciate greatly the contributions you make to our legal community.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the tournament directors.
American Moot Court Association National Tournament Directors 2018
Cell: (940) 597-4802
Julie Leuzinger-National Volunteer Coordinator
Cell: (469) 556-5423
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