Regional Rounds of National Moot Court Competition to Be Held Nov. 16
Posted on November 14, 2013
The public is invited to the Washington County Courthouse in Fayetteville this Saturday, November 16, 2013, to attend the Region IX rounds of the 64th Annual National Moot Court Competition. The rounds will take place in the fourth floor courtrooms of the Courthouse, 280 N. College, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Beginning at 9 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., the rounds will showcase legal advocacy skills of second and third year students, in the National Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Bar of the City of New York. Competitors from the Universities of Kansas; Missouri, Columbia; Missouri at Kansas City; Nebraska; Creighton; Washburn; St. Louis University; and two home teams from the University of Arkansas will argue two preliminary rounds prior to Saturday’s open rounds.
Competitors will argue the health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages, and the powers of states to require retailers and manufacturers to post warnings with regard to them. Central to their hypothetical case before the United States Supreme Court will be two state-mandated warnings: “You Have to Walk 3 Miles to Burn Off the Calories in One 20 oz. Soda” and “The Consumption of Sugary Drinks Can Lead to Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Tooth Decay.”
Quarterfinal rounds begin at 9 a.m.; semi-final rounds begin at 11:00 a.m. Distinguished members of the Arkansas bar and members of the faculty of the University of Arkansas School of Law will serve as judges.
Final rounds begin at 1:45 p.m. Presiding over the championship round will be the Honorable Lavenski Smith of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Magistrate Judge Erin Setser of the Western District of Arkansas; the Honorable Associate Justice Courtney Hudson Goodson of the Arkansas Supreme Court; the Honorable Chief Judge Robert Gladwin; and the Honorable Judge Kenneth Hixon of the Arkansas Court of Appeals.
The competition has been organized by third year law students and co-chairs Suzannah McCord and Bethany Whitfield, with assistance from the University of Arkansas School of Law Board of Advocates. The Arkansas teams are coached by Professor Dustin Buehler and attorney Holly Lar, of the Rogers office of Mitchell, Williams.