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Campus hosts regional Moot Court competition

Posted 11/14/16

The validity of a voter identification law is the topic of this year’s American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s regional competition, being held this weekend on the Fitchburg State University campus.

The campus is hosting the eastern regional qualifying tournament on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19 in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St., bringing together more than 40 teams from 11 colleges and universities from up and down the East coast. Fitchburg State has four teams competing.

The competition pits students on opposing sides of a legal issue as in an appellate court proceeding, testing their facility with applying interpretations of the law before a panel of guest judges.

The top 20 percent of winners from the regional tournaments being held here and at other campuses this weekend will advance to the national tournament at Stetson University Law School in Florida in January. Fitchburg State Professor Paul I. Weizer coaches the university’s moot court teams.

This year’s hypothetical case concerns a recently married woman who changes her name and is not allowed to cast a vote because her name doesn’t match the voter rolls.

Among other things, competitors must make their case as to whether the voter identification law under discussion violates the political speech and voting rights protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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