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Constance Baker Motley
Moot Court Competition

“Something which we think is impossible now, is not impossible in another decade.
— Judge Constance Baker Motley
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Congratulations to Our First Champions!

Judge Constance Baker Motley
Judge Constance Baker Motley
1921 – 2005

The American Constitution Society is proud to announce that Suzanne LiaBraaten and Andrea Schmitt from the University of Washington School of Law have won the inaugural Constance Baker Motley National Moot Court Competition in Constitutional Law, prevailing in a highly spirited final round over Adam Litle and Sonya Mays from the University of Michigan Law School. Arguing before the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter and the Honorable Theodore McKee, both of the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Catherine C. Blake of the United States District Court for Maryland, all the finalists held their own in the face of incredibly intense questioning from the entire panel. The winners received $3,000 and the finalists $1,000 from ACS in recognition of their great achievement.

ACS would like to thank everyone involved in this year's Motley Moot Court, and encourage more of you to get involved in the coming year.

Congratulations and Thank You!

Judge Constance Baker Motley
Judge Constance Baker Motley
1921 – 2005

The American Constitution Society is proud to announce that the tournament rounds of the first Constance Baker Motley National Moot Court Competition in Constitutional Law were a great success. Twenty-seven teams from sixteen schools and fifteen states gathered at Columbia Law School to argue felon disfranchisement before judges that included Lisa Brown, Executive Director of the ACS, Guy-Uriel Charles, Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota, the Honorable Helen Freedman of the Supreme Court of New York, Jack Greenberg, Professor of Law at Columbia University and former Director-Counsel of the NAACP LDF, Victor Kovner, Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and member of the Board of Directors of the ACS, Gara LaMarche, Vice President and Director of U.S. Programs for the Open Society Institute, the Honorable Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York, Theodore Shaw, Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP LDF, and William Yeomans, Director of Programs of the ACS, among many others.

The two finalist teams are Adam Litle and Sonya Mays from the University of Michigan Law School and Suzanne LiaBraaten and Andrea Schmitt from the University of Washington School of Law. Adam, Sonya, Suzanne, and Andrea will travel to the ACS National Convention in Washington, D.C. to compete for the $3,000 national championship on Thursday, June 15, 2006. The second place team will receive $1,000.

The full list of award winners:

Finalists
Adam Litle and Sonya Mays from the University of Michigan Law School
Suzanne LiaBraaten and Andrea Schmitt from the University of Washington School of Law

Best Oral Advocate
Andrea Schmitt from University of Washington School of Law

Best Brief, Petitioner
Peter Basso and Siddhartha Mukherjee from Northeastern University School of Law

Best Brief, Respondent
Cuauhtémoc Ortega and Leanne Wilson from Columbia University School of Law

Semifinalists
Edward Cantu and Rebecca Ryan from The University of Texas School of Law
Cuauhtémoc Ortega and Leanne Wilson from Columbia University School of Law

Quarterfinalists
Craig Boneau and Nina Yadava from Columbia University School of Law
Áron Boros and Osvaldo Vasquez from the University of Michigan Law School
Sara Brenner and Kim Ravener from Harvard Law School
Jim Doggett and Adam Pulver from Columbia University School of Law

Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to the winners and all competitors. See you at the National Convention!

Judge Constance Baker Motley
Judge Constance Baker Motley
1921 – 2005

The American Constitution Society proudly announces the debut of the Constance Baker Motley National Moot Court Competition in Constitutional Law.

The first national competition will be held at Columbia Law School on March 4-5, 2006. The topic will be felony disfranchisement. Teams of two will argue a minimum of three preliminary rounds on Saturday, and eight teams will advance to elimination rounds on Sunday. Note that while teams will write either an appellant or an appellee brief, each team will argue both sides at the competition.

Awards will include best brief (on both sides) and best oral advocacy. The two finalist teams will travel to the ACS National Convention in Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship on Thursday, June 15, 2006. The winning team will receive a $3,000 prize, and the runner-up team will receive $1,000.

Watch for the problem and registration materials to be posted in mid-October. Registrations will be due November 1, with briefs due in mid-January.

We invite you to learn more about the competition by contacting us. At your request, you will be invited to join a listserv dedicated to the moot court. You can also join one of the conference calls that will be scheduled with student leaders interested in the competition. For more information about the next conference call, please contact us and join the listserv. Thanks for your interest!

All potential participants should be familiar with the schedule and rules.

Please see the rest of this site for the problem, travel information, and frequently asked questions.

For further information and comments, please email info@acslaw.org.