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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.