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Moot Court regional tournament Nov. 22-23

Posted 11/18/13

Moot Court 2012Fitchburg State University will once again host the American Collegiate Moot Court Competition regional tournament this fall, bringing more than 64 teams from 19 colleges and universities up and down the eastern seaboard to Fitchburg.

This will be the largest undergraduate moot court competition ever held on a U.S. college campus.

The regional competition will kick off at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at Hammond Hall, with teams of students making 20-minute arguments before panels of local judges, lawyers and professors across campus. Among the legal luminaries hearing the arguments this year will be U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Hillman of Fitchburg, District Court Judge Margaret Guzman, Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Marotta, and retired District Court Judge Patrick Fox.

The regional tournament’s final rounds on Saturday, Nov. 23 will determine which students participate in the national competition in January at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University.

In addition to Fitchburg State, the institutions competing this week include: University of Connecticut, Duke University Western Connecticut University, Suffolk University, Elms College, State University of New York (SUNY) Albany, Williams College, the College of New Jersey, Bentley University, Merrimack College, Holy Cross, Patrick Henry College, SUNY Brockport and Hunter 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 the warrantless tracking of a defendant’s location through a cell phone violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution  and whether the president exceeded his authority when he ordered the indefinite detention of an American citizen.

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.  Fitchburg State remains the only school in the competition to win national honors at every tournament.

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