Mason Law Team Wins National First Amendment Moot Court Competition

Mason Law's moot court team of Al Clarke and Samantha Mortlock surpassed 34 other law school teams to be declared winner of the 17th Annual National First Amendment Moot Court Competition held at the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University on February 22 and 23, 2007. Clarke and Mortlock return to Mason Law with the competition's top prize of $2,000.

The competition, jointly sponsored by the First Amendment Center and Vanderbilty University Law School, requires participants to have a thorough understanding of First Amendment law. This year's teams submitted appellate briefs and were subject to challenging legal questions from the judges, who were drawn from the ranks of the federal judiciary and the Tennessee Supreme Court for the semi-final and final rounds.

This year's question involved the constitutionality of state regulation of attorney advertising, with teams arguing both sides of the complex issue.

A First Amendment Center news release quoted Clark as saying, "It was an intimidating experience but also it was a truly great honor to argue in front of a panel of such distinguished judges." Mortlock added, "I'm taking a First Amendment class this semester and next week we are discussing commercial speech -- I think I'll be ready to talk in class on the subject."

Runner-up in the competition was Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, with Brooklyn Law School and the University of Georgia School of Law finishing as semi-finalists. The University of Georgia also was awarded Best Brief, with Ryan Faulconer of the University of Virginia School of Law named Best Oralist.

Read the news release

Read the Legal Times blog post:  GMU Law Rules!

Read the news analysis: George Mason Team Wins in a Tricky Case