Post Date: November 21, 2005

On Thursday, November 17, two teams of HLS students presented oral arguments in the final round of the Ames Moot Court competition before three judges: Supreme Court Justice David Souter, Emilio Garza of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Ilana Diamond Rovner of the Seventh Circuit. The case they argued, McNeil v. Lu, centered on the constitutionality of a curfew law for minors.

The webcast of the final round is now available.

The judges sided with the respondent team, who defended the constitutionality of the curfews, but awarded best oralist to Joshua Hurwit from the petitioner’s team. The finals were the culmination of a year and a half of preparations that included two qualifying rounds that initially included nearly 30 teams.

For more information about the competition or to download the case and briefs, visit the website for the final round from the Board of Student Advisors.