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Apply for ABA Diversity Moot Court Competition

Due: June 3, 2019 | The ABA Forum on Communications Law invites qualified law students to apply to participate in the Twelfth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

DEADLINE TO APPLY: JUNE 3, 2019 at Midnight, EDT

Application is free

The Semi-Final and Final Rounds of the Competition will be held during the Forum on Communications Law's 25th Annual Conference, which will take place at Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas, from February 6, - February 9, 2020.

Travel and accommodations are paid for semi-finalists.  $5,000 total in cash prizes will be awarded.

This outstanding competition is open to minority law students interested in the practice of media law.

·         Open to current 1Ls and 2Ls who are members of a national or local minority law student organization; there is no requirement to be on a law school's moot court board

·         There is no fee to apply

·         Every student who advances to the quarter-final round will be paired with a practicing media law attorney for MENTORING during the competition and career advice

·         All semi-finalists receive round-trip transportation, hotel for 4 nights, and complimentary registration to attend the Forum on Communications Law 25th Annual Conference

·         During the Annual Conference, there will be numerous opportunities to network with prominent practicing media law attorneys and judges and to attend media law seminars

·         Semi-finalists' résumés will be distributed to all Annual Conference attendees

·         Each member of the winning team will receive $750.00

·         Each member of the team with the highest brief score will receive $1,000.00

·         The finalist with the highest score for the final round of oral argument will receive $1,500.00

Apply individually or as a team; team members may attend the same or different law schools.  Each person must submit a résumé, a short writing sample and a 500 word response to a media hypothetical posed in the application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday, June 3, 2019.  All entrants will be notified whether they advance by Friday, August 23, 2019.

For more information and official Competition Rules, visit the Moot Court Competition webpage.

For questions, contact any of the Co-Chairs, Diversity Moot Court Competition, ABA Forum on Communications Law:

·            James C. McFall, Bryan Cave LLP, San Francisco, CA; james.mcfall@bryancave.com

·            Esther D. Clovis, Holland & Knight LLP, New York, NY; esther.clovis@hklaw.com

·            Rachel E. Fugate, Shullman Fugate PLLC, Tampa, FL; rfugate@shullmanfugate.com

·            Frank LoMonte, Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, Gainesville, FL; flomonte@ufl.edu

Competition co-sponsors:  National Black Law Students Association, National Latino/a Law Student Association, National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and National Native American Law Students Association