Michael Krouse 08 and Enrique Schaerer 08 Win Top Prize in Moot Court Finals
This was one of the most thoughtful and challenging panels I've seen, said Moot Court Co-Chairperson Bryan Caforio 08. "The judges asked hard questions, but each of the students was well prepared and able to stand firm with his argument. It was a great round to watch.
Medellin v. Texas, a real case argued before the Supreme Court this term, considered whether the President has the constitutional authority to direct state courts to abide by decisions of the International Court of Justice and whether ICJ decisions in cases to which the United States is a party are binding as federal law.
U.S. Court of Appeals Judges Michael McConnell (10th Cir.), Reena Raggi (2d Cir.), and Jerry Edwin Smith (5th Cir.) judged the competition. They listened to 15-minute presentations from each of the advocates, asking tough and informed questions, then took a brief recess to deliberate.
Before awarding the prizes, Judge Smith said, The attorneys who appear before me in the Fifth Circuit could improve significantly by watching this round and seeing the quality of these arguments.
The Morris Tyler Moot Court competition takes place each semester at Yale Law School, culminating in the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize Finals in the fall and the Thurman Arnold Prize Finals in the spring. All second- and third-year law students are eligible to participate.