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John Bachmayer Judges Moot Court Competition at CSULB

Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader's own, John T. Bachmayer, has once again been invited to judge a Moot Court competition at California State University, Long Beach, (CSULB), on December 6th, 2013. This will be his third time judging. Mr. Bachmayer will join other members of the California Bar, as well as 7 current and retired Superior Court Judges and Appellate Court justices, who also volunteer their services in order to lend authenticity to the Moot Court experience. The Moot Court 'Justices' are encouraged to challenge the students who argue the Constitutional issues, and to require them to think on their feet, rather than simply present their legal points and arguments from prepared notes.

The competition is sponsored by the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA). Every year college undergraduates across the world participate in moot courts, which simulate arguments before the Supreme Court. All competing teams, which represent a variety of different colleges, will argue the same case. Issues argued in the past include: same-sex marriage, national health care, privacy under th Amendment, life sentences given to minors who are not guilty of murder or attempted murder, the 4 freedom of religion, a federal ban on firearms on school grounds, warrantless domestic wiretapping of suspected terrorists, and the extent of presidential power.

"At a time when civics courses are not even offered in most high school curricula, and when understanding of Constitutional rights by most Americans may be at an all time low, Moot Court programs such as those offered by CSULB provide some assurance that advocacy for our precious freedoms will be alive and well when some of these students take their skills into the real world," said Mr. Bachmayer, who added that "[T]he Moot Court 'justices' are frequently heard to remark amongst themselves that the quality of presentations by these college-age 'lawyers' meet or even exceed what they experience from seasoned lawyers in actual court cases in which they are involved."

The general public and friends and families of the participants are welcome to attend and observe the competition. For more information, please contact CSULB.


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