Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National
Moot Court Competition
Mr. John Becton and Mr. Brian Giaquinto from Liberty University walked away as the 11th Annual Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition Champions. The Liberty Team edged out the victory over the team of James Gross and Bryan Gividen from William and Mary School of Law. The teams skillfully argued in front a distinguished final bench which included a sitting Virginia Supreme Court Justice, a sitting state attorney general, as well as federal and state court judges. Both teams reached the finals by beating skilled teams from schools like the University of Virginia, New York Law School, Albany School of Law, Touro Law Center, Brigham Young University, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Howard University and Elon University.
This year's problem was authored by Mrs. Laura Hernandez, Senior Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice. It involved the cutting edge constitutional law issues surrounding federal preemption of state immigration laws. It was one of the best problems in the competition's history.
The 11th Annual Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition was a tremendous success. Next year's competition promises to be great as well. It will be held October 26th and 27th on the campus of Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach.