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43rd Stanley Moot Court Competition Final Round Friday, November 21st

The final round of the 43rd Stanley Moot Court Competition will be held this coming Friday, November 21 in Worrell 1312 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The final round will showcase the top two law students in the moot court competition. The distinguished panel of judges includes: Judge Richard Dietz from the NC Court of Appeals, Judge Sally Adkins from the Maryland Court of Appeals and WFU Law Professor Simone Rose.

The competition will be followed by a reception outside of 1312.

The intramural moot court competition is held each fall semester and open to all second- and third-year law students. This competition is held in honor of Judge Edwin M. Stanley, a distinguished Wake Forest alumnus and supporter, who served as a United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina from 1958 to 1968.

The summary of the case at issue is as follows:

Plaintiff-Appellant Finnick Everdeen is a retired professional baseball player. In February 2007, he became a shortstop for the Pan Am Tracker-Jackers, a major league baseball team. In October 2013, a fastball struck him in the face, severely injuring him and forcing him to retire. Defendant-Appellee Electronika is a multi-million dollar interactive entertainment software company that produced SpaceballSpaceball involves an alien race from Elysia inviting Earth’s most talented baseball players to participate in the Galaxy Games, a series of nine games pitting Elysians and Earthlings against one another at Elysian Fields. If the Elysian’s win the Games, their leader President Glow intends to invade Earth. Elysia’s baseball-like game, spaceball, has two rules that differ from baseball. In spaceball, only two strikes constitute a strikeout, and if strike two is a foul ball, the batter is still out.

The Earthlings are “Earth’s best baseball players.” In the default mode, the Earthling avatar shortstop closely matches Everdeen’s physical attributes, as referenced in the 2012 Pan Am Tracker-Jackers Fan Media Guide. In the default mode, the shortstop avatar is listed as 6’2’’ and 175 pounds with blond hair and “blue-green” eyes. The avatar throws right-handed and bats left-handed and has a batting average of .366. The avatar’s jersey is blue and green, its logo is a trident, and its number is two just like Everdeen’s jersey. These attributes and details match Everdeen’s attributes during his 2012 season with the Tracker-Jackers, except that Everdeen weighed 185 pounds and has blue eyes. However, at one point in his career he weighed 175 pounds and wore green contact lenses.  In the default mode, the other Earthling avatars also closely resemble other Tracker-Jacker players from the 2012 season. Users can directly influence the game’s outcome through the user’s own play-calling and avatar control. Game users may edit certain physical characteristics, jersey number, jersey colors, batting average, and other attributes. For example, heights can be altered from 5’5” to 8’0” and weights can be altered from 120 pounds to 400 pounds. Each avatar is unnamed in the default mode, but users can name them.

After discovering Spaceball at a party with his friends, Everdeen brought suit against Electronika for violating his right of publicity in the United States District Court for the District of Pan Am. Electronika filed an answer, and subsequently a Motion for Summary Judgment, where it conceded that Spaceball violates Mr. Everdeen’s right of publicity, but argued that it has a First Amendment affirmative defense described in a Third Circuit case, Hart v. Electronic Arts. The District Court granted Electronika’s motion, and Everdeen appealed to the Fourteenth Circuit Court of Appeals. On appeal, the parties were to use the transformative use framework established in Hart, which requires an assessment of: (1) the differences and similarities between the avatar and the plaintiff; (2) the context within which the digital avatar exists, and (3) the ability of users to change the avatar’s appearance.

Walker Competition Final Rounds

The 43rd annual George K. Walker Moot Court Competition finals round will be held Thursday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in Room 1312.
The finals round will showcase the top two first-year law students in the moot court competition.  There is a distinguished panel of judges including Christine Bishoff (’04) of the North Carolina Justice Center and formerly of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Judge Jim Gale of the North Carolina Business Court and Professor Rhoda Billings (’66), a retired Wake Forest Law professor who was the first female chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court.

Following the competition, there will be a reception outside of the courtroom.

The summary of the case at issue is as follows:

Plaintiff Pamela Powell, a sophomore at Dobson Technical University (“DTU”), contacted Matthew Grover, the athletic director at DTU, via letter, requesting the creation of a women’s varsity golf team.  DTU is a four year, accredited educational institution and a recipient of federal funding.  There are 4,010 students enrolled at DTU, with female students comprising 52% of the student body, and 47.06% of DTU’s 408 student-athletes are female. Currently, DTU has 9 men’s athletic teams and 8 women’s athletic teams.  DTU surveys all of its students “every couple of years” regarding various aspects of its athletic program.  Prior to Ms. Powell, no DTU student had ever expressed interest in a women’s varsity golf team.  After receiving Ms. Powell’s letter, two other students contacted Mr. Grover by phone to inquire about a women’s varsity golf team.  Mr. Grover stated that these two students did not provide enough information for him to determine whether they would be able to compete on the intercollegiate level, although he described one of the students as similar to Ms. Powell in terms of experience.  Mr. Grover also stated that DTU does not have enough funding for the addition of women’s varsity golf, and that the only way DTU could free up the funds to add a women’s golf team would be to cut a men’s athletic team.  Ms. Powell and her personal coach believe she has the potential to play golf on the LPGA if she has the opportunity to develop her game through playing on a women’s varsity team.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 provides that federally funded education programs or activities cannot exclude from participation, discriminate against, or deny benefits to any person on the basis of sex.   On November 19, 2013, after Mr. Grover informed Ms. Powell that DTU had decided not to field a women’s varsity golf team, she filed a Title IX action in the District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.  The Court found, as a matter of law, that the five percent disparity between male and female student-athletes enrolled at Defendant establishes a lack of substantial proportionality between the sexes.  Both parties have filed motions for summary judgment.

Elon Moot Court Team

The Elon Moot Court Team (Chris Edwards, Justin Jenkins, Katelin Kennedy) will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina on March 27th to participate in the Billings, Exum, and Frye National Moot Court Competition.

Walker Competition Schedule

The following are important dates for this year’s Walker Competition.  If you need more information, please contact the Walker Competition Co-Chairs, Stephen Frost and Jasmine Pitt.

Event                                                 Date
Walker Sign-Up Deadline March 5 at 5 PM
Briefs Due March 7 at 9AM
On-Brief Oral Arguments March 31-April 3
Off-Brief Oral Arguments April 7-April 10
Sweet 16 Oral Arguments April 14
Elite 8 Oral Arguments April 15
Final Four Arguments April 16
Final Arguments April 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE to sign up for the Walker Competition. We encourage you all to participate and look forward to this year’s event!

Tulane, Gabrielli, and ABA Moot Court Teams

The Sports Law Moot Court Team (Tee Hassold, Evan Leadem, Brooke Loucks) will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana on February 26th to participate in the Mardi Gras Sports Law Regional Competition.  The team is coached by Professor Perdue.

The Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court Team (John Blanchard, Aimee Durant, Caroline Massagee) will travel to Albany, New York on February 27th to participate in the Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Regional Competition.  The team is coached by Dean Reynolds.

The ABA Moot Court Team (Michael Bixby, Jim Miller, Pat Naples) will travel to Washington, DC on February 27th to participate in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Regional Competition.  The team is coached by Professor Niesel.

Jessup Moot Court Team

The Jessup Moot Court Team (Karon Fowler, Andrew Parrish, Davis Phillips, Gustin Vandiford) will travel to Washington, DC on February 20th to participate in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Regional Competition.  The team is coached by Professor Walker.  The team captain is Michael Bixby.

2014 Walker Competition Interest Meeting

The Wake Forest University Moot Court Board will hold an interest meeting for all 1Ls regarding the 2014 Walker Competition.  The meeting will be on Thursday, February 20 in the large courtroom (1312).  The meeting will be hosted by this year’s Walker Competition Co-Chairs, Stephen Frost and Jasmine Pitt.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

National Moot Court Team

The National Moot Court Team (Austen Irrobali, Justin May, and Lindsay Watson) will travel to New York, New York on February 10th to participate in the National Moot Court Final Competition. The team qualified for the National Final Competition when it competed and won its Regional Competition in November.  The team is coached by Professor Korzen.

Stetson Moot Court Team

The Stetson Moot Court Team (Melissa Bryson, Zachary Dunn, and JD Wooten) will travel to Denver, Colorado on January 23rd to participate in the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Regional Competition.  The team is coached by Professor Knox.

National Moot Court Team

The National Moot Court Team (Austen Irrobali, Justin May, and Lindsay Watson) will travel to Richmond, Virginia on November 15th to participate in the National Moot Court Regional Competition.  The team is coached by Professor Korzen.