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Health Law Moot Court Tryouts for 1Ls and 2Ls

Publish Date/Time: 
February 22, 2012

The National Health Law Moot Court Competition will be held at Southern Illinois University School of Law on November 2-3, 2012.  We invite you to try out for one of the spots on our team. We plan to choose two students to compete at the competition. The times and dates for the try-outs are:

Wednesday March 14, from 5-7 pm in Room 121 and Thursday March 15, from 11am – 1pm in Room 120. We have scheduled two possible blocks of times to accommodate students’ schedules, however, you need only try out once. The try-out will consist of a mock oral argument before a “court” comprised of Professors Mannix and Smetanka, as well as members of last year’s team. Your argument should last about 6 minutes, including questions from the “judges”.

If you are interested in competing for the team, please email or call Sam Derrick,, 717-503-8674 as soon as possible. He will ask you for your preference for a ten minute time slot on one of the dates listed above. He will also forward you the case which we will use for the try-out along with instructions for the oral argument. We will base our selections on your ability to grasp and explain the legal issues in the selected case, to handle questions, to communicate your position, and on your writing ability based on a writing sample which you should bring to the oral argument. We will also consult with your legal writing professor for a report on your writing skills. Participants must be able to begin working on the problem in early August, as it is distributed around August 9th each year.  We will begin working on the subject matter of the case with you by August 15.

If you want an idea of what the Health Law Moot Court experience is like, Sam Derrick, Mike Ovens (, and Robert Lo ( are all 2Ls who participated in last year’s competition. Also, Philip Kirchner, a 3L participated  (     If you have any other questions, please email either Prof. Smetanka ( or Prof. Mannix ( and we will do our best to answer them.

We hope you consider trying out!! Thank you!

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