The 20th Annual Leroy R. Hassell Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition will be held Thursday, October 8 through Saturday, October 10, 2020. Due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 situation, this year’s competition will be held in an entirely virtual format. The distinguished 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.
The 19th annual Leroy R. Hassell Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition was held on October 4th and 5th. Twenty-six teams from 18 law schools competed, with Stetson University taking home first place, and South Texas coming in a close second. Both teams displayed a true mastery of both oral advocacy and legal knowledge, earning high praises from a distinguished final panel of judges, including Senior Judge N. Randy Smith (U.S. 9th Circuit), Judge Jeffrey Sutton (U.S. 6th Circuit), Judge Bernice Donald (U.S. 6th Circuit), Judge Kyle Duncan (U.S. 5th Circuit), Chief Judge Mark Davis (Eastern District VA), Chief Justice Jeffrey Bivins (TN Supreme Court), Judge Robert Humphreys (VA Court of Appeals), Justice Robert Hunter (Ret. NC Supreme Court), and Justice Elizabeth Lang Miers (Ret. TX Court of Appeals). Stetson’s James Nealon, who was a member of last year’s winning team, also took home Best Final Round Oralist. Best Brief Awards were presented to Duquesne University School of Law and Liberty University School of Law for Best Petitioner’s Brief and Best Respondent’s brief, respectively. Erica Jansson from Southwestern Law School was also awarded Best Preliminary Round Oralist.
This year’s problem was crafted entirely by members of the Regent University Moot Court Board and involved ever-elusive questions of 5th and 8th Amendment rights. It proved to be one of the most engaging problems in Hassell Competition history.
The 19th 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 2020 in Virtual Format, an exciting new medium for the legal field.
The registration deadline has passed.
The following is a list of important dates for the Competition, please check this schedule as it may be updated periodically, and the times listed are subject to change. All times are Eastern Standard.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Preliminary Round 1: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET
Friday, October 9, 2020
“Bye” Round Make-up: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET (if needed)
Preliminary Round 2: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
Awards: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET
Elimination Round of 16: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Semi Finals: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
Quarter Finals: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Finals: 4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. ET