This week, 42 OU Law students participated in the Calvert Moot Court Competition. Competitors included 2L and 3L students who researched a case currently before the Supreme Court (Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley) and presented oral arguments before tournament judges. The case concerns a church-operated school that was denied a recycled rubber playground surface from a state non-profit program. The question is whether the exclusion of churches from an otherwise neutral and secular aid program violates the Free Exercise and Equal Protection Clauses when the state has no valid Establishment Clause concern. For more information on the case, click here.
The annual competition is sponsored by the OU Law Board of Advocates and the Floyd and Irma Calvert Fund for Law and Liberty. The Competition stretched throughout the week and took place in various court rooms, conference rooms, and classrooms throughout Coats Hall.
Congratulations to this year’s winners, Jenny Puckett and Hanna Roberts (both 2Ls)! A complete list of the final round participants is below. Congratulations also to Connor Bourland (2L) for being awarded the title of Best Individual Speaker.
OU Law extends a special thanks to the following final round judges:
Judge Wayne Alley, Western District of Oklahoma (retired); Jurist in Residence, OU College of Law
Judge Stephen Friot, Western District of Oklahoma
Justice Noma Gurich, Oklahoma Supreme Court
Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr., OU College of Law
Judge David Lewis, Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
Mithun Mansinghani, Deputy Solicitor General, State of Oklahoma
Assistant Dean Scott Palk, OU College of Law
Judge David Russell, Western District of Oklahoma
Professor Rick Tepker, OU College of Law
Final Round Participants:
1st Place: Jenny Puckett (2L)
Hanna Roberts (2L)
2nd Place: Ryan Hunnicutt (3L)
Loreli Wright (3L)