A message from Patrick J. Long, Director, Moot Court Program
Please consider volunteering to judge the Herbert Wechsler Criminal Law Moot Court Competition this year. The Competition is on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Erie County Courthouse. Our students are moved, and honored, when they see you give up your time to help them.
The Wechsler is the only moot court in the nation to focus on substantive criminal law. This year’s case involves two issues: one, whether a local man’s imprisonment for failure to pay child support and court fines stemming from a DWI conviction violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment; and two, whether the search warrant that led to his arrest met the standard for probable cause. We have students from across the country coming to Buffalo to argue. As a result, we desperately need judges.
The time commitment for the competition is minimal, and you do not need to know anything about criminal law. We will provide you the problem packet, the bench brief, and even suggested questions. Most judges stay for about 2 hours: you ask questions of the competitors, provide feedback, and get a bite to eat for your troubles. You even get CLE credit, if you qualify for it.
Please consider volunteering. The students — and I, most of all — really do appreciate your help. We need you.
Sign up to volunteer today!