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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition Deadline Looms (It's April 14th)

From Steven D. Zansberg, Chair, ABA Forum On Communications Law, news about this year's

First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition Presented by the ABA Forum on Communications Law

This annual competition, now in its seventh year, is designed 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.

Click here for the application form. There is no fee to apply or participate! Register by Monday, April 14, 2014 for the priority deadline (explained below).  The final deadline is Friday, May 30, 2014.

Click here for the Moot Court Rules.



The moot court Hypothetical Case involves timely issues of national significance in the field of media law. Past competitions have included issues relating to, for instance, the tort of “hot news” misappropriation and the potential liability of “news aggregators” who republish information gathered by traditional news media outlets, subpoenas designed to “unmask” anonymous website contributors. Last year’s topic involved whether or not the public and the press have a qualified First Amendment right of access to attend an internal employee disciplinary proceeding at a public university.

Law students interested in the competition submit short written applications and a short essay on a media law question posed in the application. From the application submissions, up to eight teams (“quarter-finalists”) are selected to submit an appeal brief. Each quarter-finalist will be paired with a practicing media law attorney in a city close to their law school for career advice, mentoring and networking.  Last year’s quarter-finalists were mentored by attorneys such as Stephanie Abrutyn, in-house counsel for HBO in New York; Chip Babcock, a partner with Jackson Walker LLP in Houston, Texas; Laura Prather, a partner with Haynes and Boone in Austin, Texas; Chuck Tobin, a partner with Holland & Knight in Washington,D.C.; to name a few. Each quarter-finalist also will receive complimentary registration to attend (and all meals during) the Forum’s 20th Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, which will be held from February 5-7, 2015.  (Transportation to the Annual Conference and hotel are not provided for quarter-finalists.) 


Please note the upcoming priority deadline, which is April 14 (yes, one day before the taxman cometh).

More about the competition here.

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