Law Students to Argue Child Welfare and Adoption Law in Moot Court Competition in Columbus March 15-16

3/12/2013  -  Twenty-six teams of law students from across the country will demonstrate their advocacy skills as they present legal arguments at the seventh annual National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law Friday March 15 at the Ohio Statehouse and Saturday, March 16 at the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial Center. Participating Ohio teams are Capital University Law School and the University of Akron School of Law.

The theme of this year’s competition is “Contested Adoptions: Whose Interests Prevail?” Teams will present appellate arguments in a fictitious case involving children in foster care who are the subject of competing adoption petitions filed by their grandparents and foster parents.

Capital University Law School’s National Center for Adoption Law & Policy partners with prominent child advocacy organizations in hosting the competition. Final round justices are representatives of these organizations and Ohio judiciary:

• Gary Tyack, Judge, Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals
• Denise Bierly, President, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
• Garry Bevel, Attorney, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
• Stephanie Ledesma, Board Member, National Association of Counsel for Children
• Richard C. Simpson, Dean, Capital University Law School

All preliminary rounds will be at the Ohio Statehouse on Friday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be held on Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the final round will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., all at the Ohio Judicial Center.

For more information, visit the Moot Court Competition Web site, or call the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at (614) 236.6730.