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Release: March 6, 2002
Chicago, national moot court teams to be determined this week
Ten University of Iowa College of Law students will be picked Saturday,
March 9 to make up the college's four-person Chicago and six-person national
moot court teams at the completion of the college's annual Baskerville and
Van Oosterhout moot court competitions, which began this week.
The final round of each advocacy competition is open to the public and both
will be held at the Levitt Auditorium at the Boyd Law Building. The Baskerville
Competition begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and will be followed by the Van
Oosterhout finals at 4 p.m.
Students, in a test of their advocacy skills, will argue a case before a
panel of judges where at issue is a dispute regarding the effect of a private
arbitration agreement on the Equal Opportunity Commission's ability to sue
an employer for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Baskerville Competition final rounds will be judged by Dale Furnish,
professor of law, Arizona State University; Judge Kermit Bye, United States
Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit; and David Funkhouser, former president
of the Iowa Bar Association.
The Van Oosterhout Competition final round will be judged by Judges Diane
Wood, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Kermit Bye,
United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit; and Professor Furnish,
who was also a former clerk to the late Judge Van Oosterhout.
The Baskerville Competition, which began with 49 initial participants at
the start of this week's earlier match-ups, will be narrowed to 16 quarter-,
eight-semi-, and ultimately four finalists on Saturday. The Van Oosterhout
Competition began with 32 participants and follows a similar format.