First Amendment Moot Court
The First Amendment Moot Court Competition (Official Site) addresses current issues involving the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. In past years, the competition problems have covered a range of issues under the First Amendment, including the religion, speech, press, and assembly clauses. The competition is limited to 32 teams, each of which has two students. Each team prepares a brief for the petitioner or the respondent in a hypothetical case pending before the United States Supreme Court. The First Amendment competition is held annually in the late winter at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The First Amendment Center and the Law School at Vanderbilt are the co-sponsors. The bulk of the research and writing occurs during December and January. In past years, the competition awarded cash prizes to the winning teams. Last year the briefs were due in mid-January and the competition occurred at the end of February.
At the 2004 Competition, the Western New England University School of Law team won first honors; one team member was also named runner up for Best Oralist. The Final Round of the First Amendment Moot Court Competition for 2004 is available for viewing in streaming QuickTime video format. The Law School's teams have continue to excel at the First Amendment competition. In 2005, student Kelly Miller received the award for best oralist in the competition and in 2006 and 2008 the team reached the quarterfinal of the competition.