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Campus hosts Moot Court competition Nov. 21-22

Posted 11/19/14

Fitchburg State University will once again host the American Collegiate Moot Court Association regional tournament this week, bringing 62 teams from nearly 20 colleges and universities to Fitchburg.

The Eastern Regional competition will kick off at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at Hammond Hall, with teams of students making 20-minute arguments before panels of local judges, lawyers and professors across campus.

The regional tournament’s final rounds on Saturday, Nov. 22 will determine which students participate in the national competition at Florida International University College of Law in Miami, Fla. in January.

In addition to Fitchburg State, the institutions competing at this week’s regional competition include: Bentley University, Bridgewater State University, the College of Holy Cross, the College of Wooster in Ohio, Framingham State University, Hunter College in New York, Merrimack College, Monmouth University in New Jersey, Patrick Henry College in Virginia, St. Thomas University in Canada, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, SUNY Cortland, Suffolk University, the University of Connecticut, and Williams College.

Participants in the competition argue different sides of a hypothetical legal case before a panel of judges. This year’s case will focus on whether a state may mandate pre-abortion counseling, including a requirement for caregivers to read a script about the dangers and possible side effects of the procedure. Teams will make their arguments on whether the proposition poses an undue burden in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (which guarantees equal protection under the law) as well as whether it violates physicians’ free speech rights as protected by the First Amendment.

Fitchburg State’s Moot Court team has a history of strong showings at the regional event, advancing to the national moot court competition 12 consecutive times.

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