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ASU's new Moot Court team to compete
in national tournament
Jan. 11, 2008 --
Arkansas State University’s Moot Court team will compete in the 2008
American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament, to be
held at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, on
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 18-19.
members attending the national tournament are Friedric Tarkington of
Jonesboro and Abram Skarda of Des Arc.
The team attended its first tournament, the Southeastern Undergraduate
Moot Court Tournament at Armstrong Atlantic State University in
Savannah, Ga., only weeks after its founding, and ended with a
fifth-place ranking out of seven teams. The Savannah tournament was one
of six regional qualifiers leading to the championship tournament.
Competing teams included the reigning national champions from Armstrong
Atlantic State University, Patrick Henry College (a team that has
produced the two previous national champions), the College of the Holy
Cross, the University of Louisville, and Lyon College.
Dr. Hans Hacker, assistant professor of political science, is the ASU
Moot Court team coach, and he says, “I am extremely proud of them. They
all made good arguments and earned the respect of the other teams. This
team worked harder, longer, and smarter than any team I have ever
The team received funding and support from the Office of Academic
Affairs and Research, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and
the Department of Political Science.
A moot court competition is based upon the presentation of a fictitious
case to an appellate court. Pairs of students argue using the rules of
the U.S. Supreme Court. The pairs are required to present both sides of
the case, arguing for the petitioner in one round and arguing for the
respondent in the next round. Moot court simulations, long a tool for
teaching law and advocacy skills in American law schools, teach students
to conduct legal research, write legal arguments, and present those
arguments to a court while being questioned by the justices. Currently,
a network of teams from all regions of the country competes for a single
national championship each year.
For more information on ASU’s Moot Court team, contact Dr. Hans J.
Hacker, assistant professor of Political Science, pre-law advisor,
co-director of the Pre-Law Center, at (870) 972-2257, via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit ASU’s Department of Political
Science on the Web at http://polsci.astate.edu/.
Hans J. Hacker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science,
Pre-Law Advisor, Co-director Pre-
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