Moot Court XXX

The final round of the 29th Annual Prize Moot Court competition at the NIU College of Law.

The Moot Court Society Board is busy preparing for this year's 30th Annual Competition. The Board is very excited about reaching this milestone, and plans are progressing to make this year truly special.

The issues in this year's Moot Court Competition include:

1st Issue: Whether a motion to reopen the removal proceeding of an immigrant who has been removed from the United States is validly barred by 8 C.F.R. § 1003.23(b)(1).

2nd Issue: Whether differing residency requirements for transmitting citizenship to children born outside the United States from unmarried U.S citizen mothers and fathers, under 8 U.S.C. §§ 1401(g) and 1409(c) (1978), violates the Fifth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause because it discriminates on the basis of gender without serving a substantial governmental interest.

The NIU College of Law Moot Court Society is pleased to announce the judges for the upcoming semifinal and final rounds of the 30th Annual Prize Moot Court Competition:

Semifinal Round, February 25, 2012
1:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Swen Parson Hall, Riley Courtroom

  • Justice Thomas M. Lytton, Illinois Appellate Court, Third District
  • Justice Susan Fayette Hutchinson, Illinois Appellate Court, Second District
  • Justice William E. Holdridge, Illinois Appellate Court, Third District
  • Justice Mary K. O’Brien, Illinois Appellate Court, Third District
  • Justice Michael J. Burke, Illinois Appellate Court, Second District
  • Justice Joseph E. Birkett, Illinois Appellate Court, Second District

Final Round, March 3, 2012
10:30 a.m.
Swen Parson Hall, Riley Courtroom

  • Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr., United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, Illinois Supreme Court

On the first day of the Spring semester, second-year students will receive the record on appeal and begin researching and writing their appellate brief. Once the brief is completed, the students practice and polish their oral arguments. Preliminary rounds will be held on February 11 and 18, 2012.

Please mark your calendar, as everyone is invited to attend the oral arguments.