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ABA Communication Forum's First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

posted Sep 24, 2010, 8:17 AM by Rebekah Childers
Hello to All,
 
Below please find information on the First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition.  If you would, please help us in sharing this with your membership.  Students from the College of Law have participated in this competition in the past and have been very successful.
 
Very Best,
 
Megan
 
From: Joshua.Holland@hklaw.com [mailto:Joshua.Holland@hklaw.com] On Behalf Of drew.shenkman@hklaw.com
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2010 12:05 PM
To: Vermillion, Virginia
Subject: ABA Communication Forum's First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition
 
Dear Ms. Vermillion,

I am writing as a volunteer on the ABA Communication Forum's First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition. I am hoping that you might be able to help encourage participation at your school in our competition, which includes a FREE TRIP for the top four teams, as determined by brief scores, to compete in oral arguments during the Forum's 16th Annual Conference in Rancho Mirage, California, February 3-5, 2011!!! Any efforts to assist our outreach efforts to law students would be greatly appreciated, (i.e. forwarding this email and attached flyer to interested students, minority law student list-serves, media law classes/professors, or even posting a few flyers around campus!).
The competition is designed primarily to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to many of the lawyers who are active in the media law bar. It also offers a unique opportunity for law students to apply their writing and advocacy skills to cutting edge legal issues that are directly relevant to the development of communications law in the United States.

Each team of two students must submit a completed application, consisting of a registration form, and for each team member: a resume; a short writing sample; and a response to a very short essay question on a media-related topic. The Competition Committee will select eight (8) teams to submit an appeal brief of up to 30 pages; the top four (4) teams from that group, as determined by their brief scores, will compete in oral arguments during the Forum's 16th Annual Conference in Rancho Mirage, California, which will be held from February 3-5, 2011!

The four teams selected to compete in oral arguments will be awarded a FREE four-night trip to the Westin Hills Mission Resort in Rancho Mirage, California. In addition to participating in the semi-final and final rounds of the Competition on February 3, 2011, the four teams will have the opportunity to attend the Forum's conference events, including CLE workshops; networking lunches and dinners; and plenary sessions on topics of interest to the media bar.

Students must be members of the National Black Law Students Association; the National Latino/a Law Student Association; the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; the National Native American Law Students Association; or a local minority law student organization at your school.
 
***Notably, this competition differs from many other moot court competitions in that the competition is not merely limited to those students on respective moot court boards. Thus, the competition is a great opportunity for students to gain appellate writing and oral advocacy skills even if they are not on an official moot court team (though students on moot court of course are encouraged to apply!).

The deadline to apply is October 1st! To apply and for more information, go to: http://new.abanet.org/Forums/Communication/Pages/Moot_Competition.aspx
 
Any help in reaching out to interested law students for this great opportunity is very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, and thanks so much in advance for your help!

Best Regards,
Drew Shenkman
 
Drew Shenkman | Holland & Knight
Associate
2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 100 | Washington DC 20006
Phone 202.419.2443 | Fax 202.955.5564
 
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