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Chicago - Kent College of Law Captures 59th Annual National Moot Court Competition for Second Year in a Row at the New York City Bar Association

Second Place Honors go to University of Pennsylvania 

New York , February 6, 2009 – Chicago-Kent College of Law won the final round of the 59 th Annual National Moot Court Competition yesterday at the New York City Bar Association. The members of the winning team were Andrew Booth, Brody Dawson and Betsy Gates.

The University of Pennsylvania took second place. Team members were Steven A. Myers, Allison W. Reimann and Daniel S. Schwei.

Best Brief honors went to Brooklyn Law School and its team members Sparkle Alexander, Jason Braiman and Sara Moser-Cohen.

The University of Pennsylvania took second-place brief honors.

The members of the final bench were:

The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit

The Honorable Cheryl E. Chambers
New York State Supreme Court
Appellate Division, Second Department

The Honorable John Gleeson
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

The Honorable Jonathan Lippman
Presiding Justice-Appellate Division 1 st Dept.
Chief Judge Designee, State of New York

The Honorable Shira A.Scheindlin
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

John J. Dalton
President, American College of Trial Lawyers

Patricia M. Hynes
President, New York City Bar Association

This year’s competition presented two issues not previously addressed by the United States Supreme Court:

1. Does Section 2 of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act exceed Congress’ power under the Fourteenth Amendment and violate the Establishment Clause?

2. Does the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act limit tuition reimbursement to children who have received public special education and related services through attendance at a public school?

The competition is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers, a national organization composed of approximately 5,400 of the leading advocates in the United States, and the City Bar’s Young Lawyers Committee.

The competition began with 185 teams in 14 regions across the United States, out of which 28 winning and runner-up teams were selected to travel to New York to compete in the final round from February 2-5. The 28 teams in the final round were:

Baylor, Brooklyn, Chicago Kent, Cleveland Marshall, Drake, Duke, Emory, Fordham, George Washington, Gonzaga, Loyola Chicago, Loyola New Orleans, Memphis, Mercer, Minnesota, Seattle, South Texas, St. Louis , Stanford, Suffolk, Syracuse, Thomas Cooley, U of Cal. Berkeley, U of Colorado, U of Kansas, U of Penn, U of Utah, William & Mary

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