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American Constitutional Society Moot Court Competition

March 17, 2008

This past weekend, Colorado Law hosted the 2008 western regional Constance Baker Motley National Moot Court Competition in Constitutional Law. Apropos of the upcoming general elections and the fact that in 38 states judicial candidates must stand for election, the 24 student teams debated issues on state elections and their role in helping ensure a fair and independent judiciary. Almost 65 alumni and other members of the legal community¯including 15 members from the state and federal judiciary¯graciously volunteered to judge the competition. Many remarked about how impressed they were with the quality of the law students’ arguments.

Professor Melissa Hart, a Steering Committee member for the Denver Lawyers’ Chapter of American Constitutional Society (ACS) and the faculty advisor for the law school’s student chapter, organized the event.

ACS named Colorado Law as the Student Chapter of the Week. “The University of Colorado Law School did a spectacular job pulling together logistics for a Regional round of the 3rd Annual ACS Constance Baker Motley Moot Court Competition.  Not only did they help organize and staff the event but also they were in the score room, tallying up scores and helping make sure everything ran smoothly.  Holding the Moot Court competition was a huge endeavor that they handled effortlessly.  But that’s just icing on the cake for this chapter. This school year they have planned a number of excellent events for their student body, including a talk by Prof. David Cole on his book, “Less Safe, Less Free”, a discussion with Senior Judge John Kane of the U.S. District Court of Colorado on “ Endemic Secrecy in the Practice of Law” and a preview of the Supreme Court docket with Professor Melissa Hart. 

ACS is a national organization of lawyers, judges, law students, and others interested in ensuring that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy a meaningful place in American law.