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Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, March 27, 2015

ABA Forum on Communications Law 2015-2016 First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition Now Open

The ABA Forum on Communications Law has announced that it is now accepting applications for the  2015.2016 First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition.

The forum is offering $5000 in prize money this year. Here's more about the competition from the Forum's webpage.

The moot court Hypothetical Case involves timely issues of national significance in the field of media law.This year’s hypothetical focused on whether journalists have a privilege under the First Amendment or federal common law not to reveal sources in response to a government subpoena.  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. Past competitions have included issues relating, among others, to the tort of “hot news” misappropriation and the potential liability of “news aggregators” who republish information gathered by traditional media outlets.

Law students interested in the competition submit short written applications and a short essay on a media law question posed in the application. Click here for 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.  Mentors also will review and comment upon one completed draft of their quarter-finalist’s brief. Last year’s quarter-finalists were mentored by attorneys such as Chip Babcock, a partner with Jackson Walker LLP in Houston, Texas; Robb Harvey, a partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP in Nashville, Tennessee; Laura Prather, a partner with Haynes and Boone in Austin, Texas; Chuck Tobin, a partner with Holland & Knight in Washington,D.C.; and S. Jenell Trigg, a partner with Lerman Senter 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 21st Annual Conference in Naples, Florida, which will be held from February 4-6, 2016.  (Transportation to the Annual Conference and hotel are not provided for quarter-finalists.) Click here for the Moot Court Rules.

The application deadline this year is April 30.

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