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Moot Court - Competition Teams : Evan A. Evans Competition/Constitutional Law

A research refresher and other "things to know" for those upper level students who are representing UNH Law in the national Moot Court competitions.

The Competition

Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition at The University of Wisconsin 

Website of the competition - http://law.wisc.edu/academics/mootcourt/evans.html  

Official Rules of the competition - 2019 Rules - https://media.law.wisc.edu/s/c_1179/k9zgv/rules_evans_2019.pdf

The Website includes Official Rules, important dates, schedule, deadlines and the problem.   

Dates of the competition - from Friday, March 6, 2020 through Sunday, March 8, 2020.  

IMPORTANT DATES

  • The problem will be released the first week of January and will be due the first week of February.

What to expect:

Oral arguments will begin on Friday afternoon, and conclude on Sunday afternoon. Each team will argue in all three of the preliminary rounds. The first two preliminary rounds will be on Friday afternoon. The third preliminary round will be on Saturday morning. During the first two preliminary rounds, each team will argue on-brief once and off-brief once. Teams will be randomly assigned by the competition director to argue either on-brief or off-brief for the third preliminary round.

The preliminary through quarter-final rounds will be held in Dane County Courthouse at 215 South Hamilton Street on Friday and Saturday. The semi-final round will be held Sunday morning at the Dane County Courthouse. The final round will be held in the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room in the Wisconsin State Capitol at Two East Main St. on Sunday. Competition judge panels will be composed of experienced trial attorneys, and judges from various state and federal courts.

 

Applicable Court Rules/Citation for Brief

The Official Rules of the Evans Competition state:

"The Supreme Court Rules govern the format of the brief except as otherwise noted by these Rules. Citations shall be in conformity with the Bluebook, 19th Edition or 20th Edition.  All teams are prohibited from identifying their school affiliation anywhere in their brief."

The competition sets its problem in a fictional jurisdiction it states that only the United States Supreme Court case law is controlling. 

United States Supreme Court - Court Rules https://www.supremecourt.gov/ctrules/ctrules.aspx

Tips on the Bluebook can be found under the "Legal Research" tab of this guide.

 

Constitutional Law Resources - Electronic

Westlaw

From the home page - Texts and Treatises on Constitutional law - 

[pathway] Secondary Sources - Texts and Treatises - Constitutional Law

Includes:

  • Anti-SLAPP Litigation (The Rutter Group, Civil Litigation Series)
  • Constitutional Law Deskbook
  • E-Commerce & Internet Law
  • Education Law: First Amendment, Due Process, & Discrimination
  • Modern Constitutional Law
  • Religious Organizations & the Law
  • Smolla & Nimmer on Freedom of Speech
  • The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech
  • The Law of Obscenity and Pornography
  • Treatise on Constitutional Law: Substance & Procedure

Lexis

From the home page - Practice Area or Industry (tab) - Constitutional Law

  • Constitutional Rights of Prisoners, Ninth Edition
  • Criminal Constitutional Law|
  • Exculpatory Evidence: The Accused's Constitutional Right to Introduce Favorable Evidence

Bloomberg

Check out all of the Bloomberg resources on Constitutional Law.  From here you can search cases, access treatises, track Supreme Court cases with the Tracker and more.

UNH Law Library Resources

Use the UNH School of Law Library's catalog to find print and electronic primary and secondary legal resources, treatises, journals, databases, government documents, and other materials owned or licensed by the Law Library. It also has a newer collection of Ebooks on many topics. Check out the Advanced Search to filter to the content you want.