The 19th Annual Leroy R. Hassell Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition will be held on October 4-5, 2019 at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The rules and distinguished final panel will be announced in the coming weeks.
This annual competition is named in honor of the late former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Chief Justice Hassell dedicated his life to the fight for justice for the Commonwealth’s citizens. During his distinguished career, the former Chief Justice championed constitutional rights. He was a leader in equality becoming the first African American Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court.
Chief Justice Hassell was a close friend of Regent University School of Law. He served as a member of the Regent University School of Law Board of Visitors and as our Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence. A model of professionalism and excellence, the Chief Justice regularly exhorted our students to work hard, to do justice, and have faith to achieve their dreams. He was a true inspiration to students and faculty alike.
Deanna Cipriano, James Nealon, & Madison Wahler from Stetson University College of Law walked away as the 18th Annual Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition Champions. The Stetson Team edged out the victory over the team of Breanna Compitello and Avery Hill from Liberty University School of Law. The teams skillfully argued in front a distinguished final bench, which included Chief Judge Roger Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Chief Justice Mark Martin of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, Brent Benjamin, Esq., former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of West Virginia, Justice Daniel Kelly of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, Justice Arthur Kelsey of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Justice Stephen McCullough of the Supreme Court of Virginia, and Laura Hernandez, Esq., Senior Counsel at the ACLJ (and primary problem drafter). Both teams reached the finals by beating skilled teams from schools like South Texas College of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, and Elon University School of Law.
This year’s problem was authored by Professor Laura Hernandez and involved the cutting edge constitutional law issues surrounding legislative prayer. It was one of the best problems in the competition’s history.
The 18th 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 in October of 2019 on the campus of Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach.
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