Moot Court News

During the 2007-08 year, the University of Wisconsin Law School Moot Court Board continued its tradition of excellence, achieving many successes at interschool competitions across the country this year. Second-year law students Ben Prinsen and Adam Witkov placed second out of thirty-two teams at the Mardi Gras Invitational Sport Law Competition, hosted by Tulane University Law School. Their problem asked whether a fantasy sports league's use of player statistics violated the privacy rights of professional athletes. Prinsen and Witkov argued in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals during the final rounds. Neil Layton 3L coached the team. Second-year law students Lauren Jankowski and Luke Kohtala placed third in the Midwest regional of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, organized by the International Trademark Association. Their problem concerned trademark and unfair competition law. Brett Belden 3L coached the team. At the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, hosted by the University of Minnesota Law School, Rachel Graham 3L and Jeff Barrett 2L placed among the top four of forty teams. Their problem concerned the use of race as a factor in voir dire and preemptive juror strikes. Mia Haessly 3L coached the team. Lillian Cheesman 3L and Vic Yanz 2L placed among the top four of eleven teams at the National Telecommunications Competition, hosted by Catholic University's Columbus School of Law. Their problem discussed whether a text-messaging service is a telecommunications service or an information service. Jon Beidelschies 3L coached the team. Second-year law students Brandon Flugaur and Abdul Mitha placed seventh overall out of forty-two teams at the National Criminal Procedure Tournament, hosted by the University of San Diego School of Law. Their problem concerned the rights of an inmate to exclude evidence gathered after a prison riot. Michael Rhoades 3L coached the team. At the Region VII rounds of the National Moot Court Competition, hosted by Marquette University Law School, second-year law students Rufino Gaytan and Ellen Qualey advanced to the quarterfinal rounds. Their problem concerned whether a state gun-control law was preempted by federal regulations. Robert Ellis 3L coached the team. Finally, second-year law students Cathleen Dettman and James Block won Third Place Best Brief at the Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition. Their problem concerned the constitutional rights of a school teacher subject to a municipal regulation that required all city employees to reside within city limits. Dettman and Block also advanced to the second round of oral arguments at the competition. Elizabeth Kisthardt 3L coached the team.

Submitted by UW Law School Newsletter Admin on April 17, 2008

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