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14th Annual Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition

The Emory Moot Court society was excited to host the 14th annual Emory University School of Law Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition, which took place from Friday to Sunday, October 16-18, 2020. This page will be updated with information for the 15th annual CRAL competition when that information becomes available. 
We would like to thank all teams for joining us for our first virtual moot court competition. We would like to give a special thank you to our final round judges:
  • The Honorable Catharina Haynes of the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • The Honorable Consuelo Callahan of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • The Honorable Curtis Lynn Collier of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Results

Winner: George Washington University Law School, Jessica Sullivan & Henry Finkelstein
Runner Up: St. Mary's University School of Law, Nicole Cooper, Evan Santos & Meredith Milton
Best Advocate (Final Round): Jessica Sullivan, George Washington University Law School
Best Oralist: E'leese Manrique, Florida International University 
Runner Up Best Oralist: Kassandra Cabrera, University of Miami
Top Ten Oralists:
  • Brad Poston, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • E'leese Manrique, Florida International University 
  • Evan Santos, St. Mary's University School of Law
  • Grace Zhou, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Henry Finkelstein, George Washington University Law School
  • Karin Lang, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law
  • Kassandra Cabrera, University of Miami
  • Marissa Pizaña, Vermont Law School
  • Nicole Cooper, St. Mary's University School of Law
Best Brief: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Alex Hunter, Grace Zhou & JoHanna Rothseid
 
Top Ten Briefs:
  • Belmont University College of Law
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • George Mason Antonin Scalia Law School
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • South Texas College of Law Houston
  • St. Mary's University School of Law
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • University of California Hastings College of Law
  • University of Miami School of Law
 
Competing Schools
  • Baylor University School of Law
  • Belmont University College of Law
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Elon University School of Law
  • Florida International University College of Law
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • George Mason Antonin Scalia College of Law
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Georgia State College of Law
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Ohio State Moritz College of Law
  • Pepperdine Caruso School of Law
  • SMU Dedman School of Law
  • South Texas College of Law Houston
  • St. John's University School of Law
  • St. Mary's University School of Law
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • UIC John Marshall Law School
  • University of California Hastings College of Law
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • University of North Carolina Holder School of Law
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • Vermont Law School

Virtual Introduction to your CRAL Hosts

Because this year's competition is held virtually, we wanted to take a moment to introduce ourselves to you. We will do everything in our power to make this an excellent competition with all the educational (and social) opportunities an in-person competition would provide. We are very excited to host schools remotely and look forward to seeing teams compete in October.

Alex Hartley
Alex Hartley, CRAL Co-Director

Alex Hartley is one of this year's CRAL Co-Directors. He is a 3L at Emory Law and a former competition member for the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition, which was unfortunately cancelled last year due to COVID19. In addition to directing the 2020 CRAL Competition, Alex will also act as a coach for Emory's 2021 Wagner Labor and Employment Law team.


Maddie Young, CRAL Co-Director

Maddie Young is one of this year's CRAL Co-Directors. She is a 3L at Emory Law and a former competition member for the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition where she advanced to the international rounds (which were unfortunately cancelled due to COVID19). In addition to directing the 2020 CRAL Competition, Maddie will also act as a coach for Emory's 2021 Jessup team.


Gerry Weber
Gerald Weber, CRAL Faculty Advisor

Gerry Weber is principal in The Weber Law Offices and focuses on constitutional, civil rights, libel and media law, and general litigation and is also the faculty advisor for Emory's Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition due to his expertise in civil rights and constitutional law. Weber served for seventeen years as legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. He also currently serves as a senior staff counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights, and is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law and Georgia State College of Law in constitutional litigation, media law, and the first amendment.


Jennifer Romig
Jennifer Romig, Emory Moot Court Society Faculty Advisor

Jennifer Murphy Romig joined the faculty of Emory Law School in 2001. She teaches first-year legal research and writing; professional responsibility; and analysis, research, and communication for non-lawyers. She also serves as Faculty Advisor to the Moot Court Society. In 2013, Romig founded the blog Listen Like a Lawyer, www.listenlikealawyer.com, which focuses on listening skills for lawyers, law students, and all legal professionals. Romig received her JD in 1998 from the University of Virginia. She practiced law at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy LLP in Atlanta, where she litigated patent, trademark, and trade secret cases and other commercial matters. She continues to consult with lawyers, legal professionals, and summer associates on legal writing.


Past Competitions