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2014 Legal Ethics and Professionalism Moot Court Competition

The Mercer Advocacy Council is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Legal Ethics and Professionalism (LEAP) Moot Court Competition. The competition will be held from Thursday, November 20 to Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia.

Mercer is proud to host the nation's first moot court competition in legal ethics and professionalism. After highly successful competitions for the past four consecutive years, we look forward to making this year’s competition even better!

BACKGROUND: The competition builds upon Mercer's national leadership in legal ethics and professionalism. Mercer students take six required hours of ethics and professionalism, including a first-year course in which students explore the many aspects of being an ethical lawyer. Students further benefit from an experiential learning program that emphasizes the development of an ethical professional identity, a broad array of advanced ethics electives, and a comprehensive approach to ethics within the Woodruff Curriculum. Additionally, Mercer's Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism engages in a variety of in-house and outreach educational activities designed to improve the professionalism of students, lawyers, and judges.

The competition also draws upon Mercer’s Legal Research and Writing Program, one of the nation’s preeminent programs in legal writing. Mercer not only offers the nation’s only advanced certificate in legal writing, research, and drafting, but Mercer also is the host school for the Legal Writing Institute.

RECOGNITION: The ABA has recognized the Woodruff Curriculum with the Gambrell Professionalism Award, citing its "depth and excellence" and "obvious commitment to professionalism." More recently, Professor Patrick Longan, William Augustus Bootle Chair in Legal Ethics and Professionalism and Director of the Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, was awarded the National Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, the National Conference of Chief Justices, and the Burge Endowment for Law & Ethics.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Mercer Law has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Macon/Mercer University for November 20-23, 2014 with a special room rate. The rate will be available until November 6th, or until the block of rooms are all booked, whichever happens first. Please click on this special link for LEAP guests to reserve your room: http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/M/MCNGAGI-MLL-20141120/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

REGISTRATION: To register your team(s), please download and submit the registration form by clicking here. Please note the regular registration deadline is August 31, and the late registration deadline is September 18. (Late registration is subject to an additional late fee). We are currently allowing a maximum of two (2) teams per school, with 2-3 members per team. Payment can be completed by contacting Debra Boney in the Mercer Law Dean's Office at (478)301-2606. 

OFFICIAL RULES: Please click here to access the "Official LEAP Rules 2014". Please note the requirement to complete and submit the certification form, attached as Appendix A to the official rules document. (Clarification on completing and submitting the certificate can be found in Article 7 paragraph 9).  

CONTACT: For additional information or any general questions, please feel free to e-mail the LEAP editors at  MercerLEAP@law.mercer.edu.

 

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