September 28, 2007
Serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice at Moritz
How would you like to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice without enduring the difficulty of a Senate confirmation hearing? Moritz College of Law needs 80 people to judge the oral arguments of second-year students in Professor Beazley’s mandatory Appellate Advocacy course. Students research and write a brief for one of four cases currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and then present their cases to the Court at oral arguments.
If you join the “Supreme Court of Moritz” panels as a judge, your responsibilities will include asking questions and providing critiques to help give students a positive oral argument experience. You won't need to do any grading. Oral arguments will be graded by adjunct professors. If you are able to serve, a student brief and bench materials will be sent to help you prepare, and you will even get your own judicial nameplate (it will be paper instead of bronze, but it is the thought that counts)!
This year students will be arguing one of the following cases: Watson v. U.S., Logan v. U.S., Holowecki v. Federal Express Corporation, or Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New York v. Tom F., on behalf of Gilbert F. More information about these cases can be found at http://docket.medill.northwestern.edu/archives/003771.php.
Oral arguments are scheduled from 6-9 p.m., November 7-8 (Tuesday and Wednesday) and November 13-15 (Tuesday through Thursday). Judicial recruiting is handled by Traci Martinez, a third-year law student who serves as director of the Appellate Advocacy Council. If you are interested in serving as a justice, send an e-mail to Traci (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please be sure to include your name, contact information, and the date(s) you are available.