By Erin O’Dea
The 29 participants of the William H. Hastie Moot Court Competition have been hard at work finalizing their briefs and preparing for their oral arguments. Competitors have been dedicating their time familiarizing themselves with the closed universe problem since its release on October 2nd. This year, the Hastie Moot Court Competition takes up an issue that the past two decades have increasingly tied to broader questions of racial discrimination—namely, the extent of police officer discretion in conducting traffic stops.
The William H. Hastie Moot Court Competition is an annual competition sponsored by the Law School’s Moot Court Board. The Moot Court Board is a student organization comprised of 41 students who have achieved distinction in appellate advocacy. The individual competition is one of the two annual opportunities students have to be admitted to the Moot Court Board. Subject to the quality of the competitors’ oral advocacy, the Moot Court Board hopes to admit more than eight students to the board from this competition.
The preliminary rounds began on Monday, November 3rd and run until Friday, November 7th. In the preliminary rounds, each participant competes in two arguments, giving them the opportunity to advocate on behalf of both the petitioner and the respondent. The elimination rounds will follow, beginning on Monday, November 10th leading up to the final competition on Wednesday, November 12th.
Research of Professor Jiménez Seeks to Benefit Consumers.
By Adam Colorado
Professor Dalié Jiménez is embarking on a new project that focuses on innovative ways to combat financial distress. The project, tentatively entitled “Remedying Financial Distress,” seeks to gauge the effectiveness of methods to relieve financial distress at various points of intervention.
“There has been very little research on the effectiveness of lawyers. Do lawyers make a difference? Are they really changing people’s lives?” These are among the questions that Jiménez and her colleagues seek to answer.
With a background in bankruptcy and prior work experience at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), before starting her teaching career in the Fall of 2012, Jiménez is well aware of the types of financial distress that burden individuals.
SBA Budget Committee Allocates Funds to Student Organizations
By Madiha Malik
On October 1, 2014, the Student Bar Association (SBA) announced its approved budget allocations for the Fall 2014 semester to student organizations at the Law School. The SBA Budget Committee reviewed 39 student organization budget requests, totaling $73,437.85 in amounts requested, though only $47,728.32 was available to be allocated.
We allocated as much as possible for events that were properly planned, properly quoted, and properly submitted,” said SBA Chief Financial Officer Joseph Brown.
Brown explained that the Budget Committee takes several factors into consideration when determining how much funding to allocate to each event that a student organization proposes to host. “It is important to the committee that we provide resources to events that are open and available to as much of the student population as possible and that attract the broader population,” said Brown.