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UI law students to argue moot case Sept. 12 before Iowa Supreme Court
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four University of Iowa law students will argue the
rights of an accused woman who claims she was entrapped by law enforcement
officers before the Iowa Supreme Court as part of Supreme Court Day, Saturday,
Sept. 12 at the College of Law.
Arguments will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Levitt Auditorium of the Boyd Law
Building. The case is one of several events planned for Supreme Court Day,
a 101 year-old tradition of the law school.
Members of the College of Law's National Moot Court will present both
sides of a mock case which has two legal issues: the Iowa standards on
entrapment and on the volunteerism of a confession.
N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law, says moot court offers
students a rare opportunity to observe how appeals are argued and is an
occasion for students and faculty to meet the members of the state's highest
"Supreme Court Day has become one of the most important annual
traditions at the Iowa law school," Hines says. "The day honors
our state's top court and recognizes our origins. It is a commemorative
event going back to 1865 when Chief Justice George G. Wright founded the
law school," Hines says.
Jonathan Toronto, chair of the Moot Court Board, says the principle
question regarding the case is whether evidence should be admitted into
court against a defendant who was entrapped by law enforcement officials.
"As an advocate, it's a privilege to argue before the state's court,"
says Toronto, who will also argue the case.
Members of the College of Law's National Moot Court team are: Paul
Bessette of Cedar Rapids; Tamara Hoffstatter of Keokuk; Douglas Stilwell
of Grundy Center; and Johnathan Toronto of Salt Lake City, Utah.
A reception for the justices will follow the court session at the Boyd
Law Building. The Cedar Rapids law firm of Shuttleworth and Ingersoll will
sponsor the reception.