Feb. 10, 2020 - The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law recently won the 12th annual Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship, an annual competition organized by the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. The competition was from Jan. 30-Feb. 1.
The invitation-only event features the top 16 moot court programs in the country to compete each year in Houston for the title “best of the best.”
Over the three-day period, moot court competitors argued both sides of a hypothetical case concerning whether a federal officer had immunity from state criminal prosecution under terms of the Supremacy Clause. Teams competed in four preliminary rounds with the eight best teams advancing to the elimination rounds.
The championship round took place the afternoon of Feb. 1. It was presided over by Judges Jennifer Walker Elrod and James Graves, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Judge Diane Sykes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Texas Supreme Court Justice (ret.) Scott Brister, and William Peterson, a partner at Morgan Lewis and author of this year’s competition problem.
In addition to the Law Center and Ohio State, other schools that participated in the competition were: