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Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010
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Volunteer opportunity

MBA seeks judges for National Moot Court Competition

The Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston College Law School are seeking lawyers available to serve on a panel of judges for one of the arguments in the New England Regional Round of the National Moot Court Competition. This is the 61st National Moot Court Competition run by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Bar of the City of New York.

Arguments are being held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at either the Adams Courthouse or Suffolk Law School, and semifinal arguments will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, at Suffolk Law School.

The judges are not asked to decide the merits; instead, judges are to rate the advocacy skills of the students. Briefs have been separately graded. A bench memorandum will provide all the information needed about the case and the issues raised.  

The problem is a fictional Supreme Court lawsuit raising two issues:  the federal standard for a preliminary injunction [probability of success or "serious questions"]; and ERISA preemption of a local health care ordinance funding an indigent health care program with assessments on employers.

Please respond indicating what argument(s) you can judge to [e-mail tcarey] or
by phone at (617) 371-1077.

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