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Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
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Volunteer to judge Boston ABA Moot Court Competition

The ABA Law Student Division needs approximately 180 lawyers and judges to serve as oral argument judges for the 2011-12 Boston Regional National Appellate Advocacy Competitions (NAAC). This moot court competition will be held at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, 24 New Chardon St., Boston.

The rounds will be held in the late afternoon on Thursday and Friday, March 8-9 and all day on Saturday, March 10. Judges may serve multiple rounds if they desire.

  • Round 1: Thursday, March 8, 4:30-8:45 p.m.
  • Round 2: Friday, March 9, 4:30-8:45 p.m.
  • Round 3: Saturday, March 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • Round 4: Saturday, March 10, 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Round 5: Saturday, March 10, 3:30-6 p.m.

Individuals interested in serving as a competition judge are asked to supply their contact information and law school affiliations here.

Within 10 business days after receipt of your form, the ABA will send an e-mail confirming your judging assignment. Beginning in late January, the ABA will provide a bench memorandum, the problem (record) and instructions on judging. Reviewing these materials is the only preparation required of competition judges.

This year's problem involves access to health care. It is a civil case involving a young boy with autism and his efforts to get coverage for the therapy that his doctor prescribed. The case raises two federal questions, one under the "Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment" provisions of the Medicaid Act, and the other under the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Both issues raise realistic, cutting-edge questions for which there is no clear answer in current law.

Questions? Contact Peggy Pissarreck at (312)988-5621 or at [e-mail naac].

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