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Moritz Team Wins 2006 Sutherland Cup
Constitutional Law Moot Court team of Zachary Bolitho and Wesley Duncan wins title
July 12, 2006
The Moritz Law Constitutional Law Moot Court Team of Zachary Bolitho and Wesley Duncan took first place in the 2006 Sutherland Cup Competition, held this year at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. They also took the Best Brief award.
"Their first place finish in the Sutherland Cup competition reflects the commitment and dedication they devoted to their efforts and the sustained support provided to them by their coaches, professors and friends," said Dean Nancy H. Rogers. They are coached by Moritz Law grad, J.B. Jasiunas.
An appellate advocacy competition focusing on constitutional law, the Sutherland Cup Competition is the oldest national moot court competition in the United States . Teams must submit a brief and deliver oral arguments before a panel of practicing attorneys or judges.
The law schools represented this year included New York Law School, Boston University, Duke University, University of Virginia, George Mason University, Catholic University, University of Southern California, and The Ohio State University. Students argued a case involving a challenge to a felon disenfranchisement law passed by the state of Florida, which petitioners argued had a discriminatory impact on African-Americans. The case implicated the Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment and posed fundamental questions about federalism.