More than 100 law students to compete in national competition at Law SchoolUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Faculty Specialist, School of Law
UH Mānoa Law Associate Professor and Director of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, Melody K. MacKenzie authored the competition problem. Three outside reviewers also reviewed the problem to ensure its fairness and accuracy. Designed to simulate the practice of law, the annual event requires competing law students in two-person teams to conduct research and write legal briefs, without assistance from professors or others, and argue against other student teams at the competition.
Participating law schools include Arizona State University, Columbia, Cornell, UCLA, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington, and 22 others.
Competition organizers are hoping to recruit more attorneys to serve as competition judges over the two-day event. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a lead sponsor of the event.
Hawai`i’s only law school last hosted this competition in 2000 shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Rice v. Cayetano. That case resolved whether non-Hawaiians may vote in elections for trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
“We’re very excited to host the 20th annual event and to have so many competitors. Its an opportunity to focus on some of the issues important to the Native Hawaiian community and to educate law students and attorneys across the U.S. about those matters,” noted Derek Kauanoe, an event organizer.
UH Mānoa law students have consistently made a strong showing at the annual event. Last year, Columbia Law School in New York hosted the competition where Keani Alapa and Maxwell Kopper, then-UH Manoa law students, captured First Place in the Best Advocate category. As the overall winners of the competition, Alapa and Kopper made oral arguments over a two-day period, winning in the final round.
More information is available on the competition web page at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~nalsa/mootcourt.html.
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