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2007 Ames Moot Court Competition

November 14, 2007

Justices Antonin Scalia, Carlos Lucero, and Debra Livingston at the 2007 Ames Moot Court.
Credit: Phil Farnsworth

Case: Worldwide People’s Temple v. Rasmussen

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

  1. Does 29 C.F.R. § 1601.28(a)(2) validly authorize the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to issue a right to sue letter in fewer than 180 days from the charge in a Title VII case?
  2. Does a “ministerial exception” create immunity for a religious organization from employment discrimination claims brought by a music teacher/service leader against the organization?


Hon. Antonin Scalia LL.B ’60, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
Hon. Carlos Lucero, U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit
Hon. Debra Livingston ’84, U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit


Belva Ann Lockwood Memorial Team


Miriam Achtenberg
Chiraag Bains
Elizabeth Barchas, Oralist
Daniel Klaff
Amy Mendenhall
Tejinder Singh, Best Oralist

The Oliver Hill Memorial Team


Best Brief, Best Overall

Shannon R. Delahaye
Joseph H. Dvorkin
Frederick B. Fedynyshyn, Oralist
Adam Hosmer-Henner, Oralist
Yelena Konanova
David Oliwenstein

Watch the video: 2007 Ames Moot Court Competition

Final Round

Worldwide People’s Temple v. Rasmussen