Justice Kagan to judge moot court contest

by Cory Weinberg
Hatchet Staff Writer

Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan will judge the GW Law School's longest-running moot court competition next year.

Kagan will be the first justice to preside over the annual Jacob Burns Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court competition since Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in 2009. Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito also judged the school's most competitive event in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

"Justice Kagan is not only a distinguished jurist, but also a committed educator," interim Dean Gregory Maggs said. "We are delighted and honored that she has agreed to visit the Law School."

The constitutional law moot court will pit upper-level law students against each other in a fictional case that is written by a law student. Potential competitors must register to participate by September, and they will prepare research, brief writings and oral arguments.

Kagan will serve in the competition's final round as one of three judges, GW Law School spokeswoman Claire Duggan said. The other two judges have not been announced, but they are typically U.S. circuit court judges.

President Barack Obama appointed Kagan to the Supreme Court in 2009, making her the newest member of the bench.

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