2014 DEAN DUNMORE
MOOT COURT COMPETITION
March 18- April 5
Each year, Case Western Reserve University School of Law hosts the Dean Dunmore Moot Court Competition, an intramural appellate advocacy tournament named for Dean Walter Thomas Dunmore, who led the law school during one of its most prodigious periods of growth from 1910-1945.
The competition is designed to emphasize:
(a) refinement of the brief-writing skills developed in the first-year Research, Analysis, and Writing course, and
(b) basic skills in appellate oral advocacy.
Second and third year students enrolled in Appellate Practice work throughout the fall and early spring semesters to prepare their briefs and oral arguments. They then argue against each other in an NCAA bracket style competition judged by faculty members, local judges, and experienced practitioners. Traditionally, the final round of each year's Dunmore Competition is judged by distinguished federal and state judges and justices.
Recent final round judges include the Hon. Maureen O'Connor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Hon. Diane Sykes, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Hon. Theodore McKee, Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Hon. Helene White, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Hon. David McKeague, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Hon. John Rogers, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Hon. Solomon Oliver, Chief Judge of the Northern District of Ohio, the Hon. Dan Polster, Northern District of Ohio, the Hon. James Gwin, Northern District of Ohio, the Hon. Joy Flowers Conti, Western District of Pennsylvania, and the Hon. Eve Belfance, Ohio Court of Appeals for the Ninth Appellate District.
This year’s Dunmore problem, Braun v. Radcliffe, incorporates substantive questions of free speech arising under the First Amendment as well as procedural and jurisdictional questions related to manufactured finality under 28 U.S.C. § 1291.
2014 Dunmore Competition Finals
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The final round will be open to the public.