Moot court contest kicks off today

Friday, March 20, 1998

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt School of Law are co-sponsoring the eighth annual First Amendment National Moot Court Competition today and Saturday.

Thirty-six teams representing law schools from across the country–including Duke, William and Mary and Northeastern University School of Law–will focus on the clash between press rights and privacy rights.

During the two-day event, each team argues a minimum of four rounds before panels of prestigious attorneys and law faculty.

Guest judges for this competition, the only national moot court competition to focus solely on First Amendment issues, include:

  • Richard S. Arnold, U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • Martha Craig Daughtrey, U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Michael Duffy, U.S. District Court District of South Carolina
  • Sidney A. Fitzwater, U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • Gilbert S. Merritt, U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit.

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