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November 12, 2019

Case: United States Department of the Interior v. Caldwell

A writ of certiorari is granted on the following two questions:

  1. Whether the Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C. § 1901 et seq., and the final rule implementing the statute violate equal protection.
  2. Whether the Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C. § 1901 et seq., and the final rule implementing the statute violate the anti-commandeering component of the Tenth Amendment.

READ THE APPENDIX (RECORD ON APPEAL) (PDF)

Judges

Hon. Merrick Garland ’77, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
Hon. Michelle Friedland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Hon. Amul Thapar, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Teams

Teams

Six finalists stand together in the Ames Courtroom.

The Janet Wood Reno Memorial Team

PETITIONERS

Best Brief

Kevin Chen
Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie, Oralist
Eliza Green
K.C. Jaski
Al Kelly, Oralist
Caroline Li

Six women participants in the Ames Moot Court final round stand together in the Ames courtroom.

The Patricia Roberts Harris Memorial Team

RESPONDENTS

Best Overall

Alicia Alvero Koski
Charlotte Butash
Melanie Fontes, Oralist
Kelsey Fraser, Best Oralist
Hilary Hurd
Kate Peiffer

quote

“...you stayed the course, and wove your answers right back into your argument. Beautiful. Masterful. Come to the 6th circuit.”

— Hon. Merrick Garland ’77 U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit

Hon. Merrick Garland smiles from the bench of the Ames Moot Court Final Round.
Watch the video: 2019 Ames Moot Court Competition Final Round United States Department of Interior v. Caldwell 01:24 11/12/2019