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Release: March 5, 2003

National, Chicago Moot Court Teams Are Set

The members of next year's National and Chicago moot court teams have been set after Monday's semi-finals, and this weekend's final round will help the UI College of Law's moot court teams determine their captains.

The finals will be Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium in Boyd Law Building. The public is invited to hear the arguments, and admission is free.

The National team, which will participate in the National Moot Court Competition in New York City next fall, will be made up of Eric Nemmers, Jeremy Goldkind, Zeb-Michael Curtin, Christine Ritland, Stephen Rueter and Sarah Brown. Nemmers, Goldkind, Curtin and Ritland will compete in the Van Oosterhout finals this weekend.

The Chicago team, which represents the College of Law at the Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition in Chicago, will be made up Kara Klaas, Joseph Wilson, Jennifer Smith and Joseph Clamon.

In addition, the final rounds will solidify the participants who will argue a mock case before the Iowa Supreme Court as part of the College of Law's annual Supreme Court Day next fall.

In the finals, the second-year law students will continue arguing a Fourth Amendment and Eighth Amendment case before a panel of federal judges. Regarding the Fourth Amendment issue, the student advocates will argue the constitutional sufficiency of using an anonymous tip to stop a suspect. Regarding the Eighth Amendment issue, advocates will argue the constitutionality of three-strikes law as applied to a defendant with convictions for relatively minor felonies.

Student advocates present written briefs on each topic and engage in oral argument before a panel of judges. Advocates must argue both sides of the cases and are judged for their legal reasoning, acuity, communication ability and all-around legal skills. The winners will be determined by the panel of judges, which consists this year of Ruth V. McGregor, chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court; Linda R. Reade, U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids; and Jerry L. Larson, justice of the Iowa Supreme Court.

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