EUGENE HAMILTON TRIAL ADVOCACY 2012 SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

02-Apr-2012

WASHINGTON BAR ASSOCIATION

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EUGENE HAMILTON TRIAL ADVOCACY2012 SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS


1.    ENTRANTS  - The Competition is open to all first, second, and third year day or evening law students. Each entrant must provide certification of his or her active status from the entrant’s registrar's office, and a resume.

2.    APPELLATE BRIEF TOPIC - In accordance with the rules submitted herein, entrants should submit an appellate brief on the following question presented:  
    Whether Under the Constitution of the United States the
    President Has the Authority to Unilaterally Raise the Debt Ceiling?

3.    SOURCES-  Entrants are encouraged to use all available primary and secondary sources.  This includes case law, statutory authority, U.S. Constitution, law review articles, books, and information obtained from the Internet, among other legal sources.  

4.    APPELLATE BRIEF- All briefs shall be prepared in accordance with the Rules of the D.C. Court of Appeals, the Rules and Regulations set forth herein and shall be submitted by the designated deadline.  Scholarship winners will be selected on the basis of the brief and oral arguments.  Each brief must represent the individual effort of the entrant.

5.    JUDGING AND AWARDS-  All briefs will be judged by a panel of attorneys and/or judges, and will be scored on the basis of both substance and form.  Five semi-finalists will be invited for oral argument in late April 2012 before a panel of law professors. Two finalists will be selected to argue before a panel of sitting judges.  The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship in honor of the late Judge Eugene Hamilton.

6.    RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR APPELLATE BRIEF

    (A) General Form: Briefs shall be submitted in typewritten form, using a 12 point font, single-spaced on 8 ½ by 11 inch white bond paper with appropriate margins.  The brief must be securely bound at the left margin.  Briefs shall not exceed twenty-five (25) pages.
    (B) Submission of Briefs: All briefs must be submitted on or before the deadline of March 31, 2012.  Emails will be accepted until midnight.  Mailed submissions must be postmarked on or before March 31, 2012.  Each entrant shall submit by mail and email the original brief, with two (2) copies, as well as registrar certification, and a copy of the entrant's resume to:
            Hon. Claudia Crichlow
            Office of Administrative Hearings
            Suite 450 North
            441 4th Street, N.W.
            Washington, DC 20001

            Faxed submissions will not be accepted.

    (C) Certification. By submitting a brief in this competition, each entrant certifies that such brief:  
    (1) has been prepared in accordance with the rules of the competition; and
    (2) represents the exclusive work product of the entrant.  

7.    FACULTY OR OTHER ASSISTANCE-  No entrant shall receive any faculty or other assistance in the writing of his/her brief.

8.     ORAL ARGUMENTS-  Finalists will be scheduled for oral argument in mid to late April, 2012 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

9.    POWER OF THE COMMITTEE- The Scholarship Committee may amend the Rules of this Competition as necessary to insure a fair and proper competition, and is empowered to interpret these Rules and resolve any disputes which may arise.  All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final.

 10.    ACCEPTANCE OF RULES-  Participation in this Scholarship Competition constitutes acceptance of the Rules by the competing law students.


11.    CORRESPONDENCE-  Any written correspondence or inquiries concerning the Scholarship Competition should be directed to:
            Hon. Claudia Crichlow
            Office of Administrative Hearings
            Suite 450 North
            441 4th Street, N.W.
            Washington, DC 20001

    Judge Crichlow can be reached at 201-741-5211 to answer questions.

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