Moot Court Honors Program

National First Amendment Moot Court Competition Teams

The National First Amendment Moot Court Competition is sponsored by Vanderbilt University and the First Amendment Center. Approximately 32 law schools compete annually arguing a First Amendment issue. This year's problem involved speech in the work place. More than 18 million people work in public employment at the federal, state, or local level in the United States. A significant portion of federal court dockets involve retaliation claims filed by public employees who allege their employers punished them for their expression.

Visit the Competition's Website.

In 2007 Elizabeth Bartels and Daniel Saeedi advanced to Quarterfinals.

2009-2010 First Amendment Competition Team

Team: James Borkman & Jessica Thornhil
Coach: Professor Maureen Straub Kordesh