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Release: Feb. 22, 2001

Law students face off in first Baskerville competition

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Approximately 50 University College of Law students will take part in the first Richard W. Baskerville Moot Court Competition of legal advocacy next week. The event sets the stage for the March 1 final round, the college's four-person Chicago Moot Court team, and students' eligibility to compete in select moot court competitions next year.

During two preliminary rounds that began yesterday and that will resume Thursday, Feb. 22, two pairs of students will argue a fictional case based on a First Amendment and a remedies question before a faculty member judge, two third-year student judges, and a visiting Iowa City or Cedar Rapids judge.

The public is invited to attend the Monday, Feb. 26 semi- and March 1 final rounds, both scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m in the Levitt Auditorium at the College of Law.

Through a series of semi- and quarterfinal rounds, four students will advance to the final round where the best advocate will be determined; all four finalists will make up the 2001-02 Chicago Moot Court team. The Baskerville Competition takes place alongside the annual Van Oosterhout Moot Court Competition where 32 students vie to make up the college's four-person national team.

This year marked the first time in five years that a UI team had advanced beyond regional competitions to the national finals. The team of third-year students Jennifer Gates, Chris Murray and Angela Dralle lost in the early rounds of nationals earlier this month in New York.