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Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009
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Boston area lawyers needed for ABA Moot Court Competition

180 volunteer lawyers and judges are needed Feb 26-28

The American Bar Association Law Student Division needs approximately 180 lawyers and judges to serve as oral argument judges for the 2008-09 Boston Regional National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC). This moot court competition will be held from Thursday, Feb. 26 through Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, 24 New Chardon St., Boston.

Volunteer judges will have the opportunity to interact with the finest advocates that the nation's law schools have to offer. With 190 teams competing, the NAAC is one of the largest moot court competitions in the country. Teams from law schools in 15 states are preparing to compete in the Boston Regional.

This year's problem involves two questions. The first is whether congressmen who voted for legislation that the President refuses to obey on the grounds that the legislation is unconstitutional have standing to sue the President for his failure to comply with the legislation. The second is whether a statute setting forth a timetable for withdrawing forces from a previously authorized foreign conflict unconstitutionally infringes on the President's power as Commander in Chief of the armed forces.

The rounds will be held in the late afternoon on Thursday, Feb. 26 and Friday, Feb. 27 and all day on Saturday, Feb. 28. Judges may serve multiple rounds.

  • Round 1Thursday, Feb. 26, 4-7:45 p.m.
  • Round 2Friday, Feb. 27, 4-7:45 p.m.
  • Round 3Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • Round 4 Saturday, Feb. 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Round 5 Saturday, Feb. 28, 4-6 p.m.

Click here to enter your contact information and preferred round(s) if you would like to volunteer. 
Judges may earn CLE credit if their state CLE Board provides for credit via judging competitions. Please check with your state CLE Board.

For more information, or if you have questions, contact Peggy Pissarreck at (312) 988-5621 or via e-mail.


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