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2023 Ames Moot Court Competition

November 15, 2023, 7:30pm
Ames Courtroom

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Credit: Anton Grassl, 2002

Case: United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration, et al. (OSHA) v. Federici Contracting, LLC

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

  1. Whether 5 U.S.C. §706(2) of the Administrative Procedure Act requires courts to vacate agency rulemakings found to violate the Act. 
  2. Whether, if so, 5 U.S.C. §706(2) violates Article III of the U.S. Constitution by requiring federal courts to exceed their judicial power. 


  • Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court
  • Goodwin Liu, Supreme Court of California
  • Rachel Kovner, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York


The Patsy Takemoto Mink Memorial Team

  • Derek Choi
  • Kunal Dixit
  • Daniel Flesch (oralist)
  • Phoebe Kotlikoff
  • Yusuke Tsuzuki 
  • Monica Wang (oralist)

The Judge Laurence H. Silberman Team (Respondent)

  • Max Alvarez
  • Eric Bush
  • Richard Dunn (oralist)
  • Hayley Isenberg (oralist)
  • Jessica Flores 
  • Brandon Sharp

Meet the teams

The Patsy Takemoto Mink Memorial Team (Petitioner)

The Judge Laurence H. Silberman Team (Respondent)