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Sep 14, 2016

The 2017 National First Amendment Moot Court Competition Will Be Held March 24 – 25

Competition Entry Forms Are Due Oct. 1

WASHINGTON — The 2017 Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition will be conducted March 24 – 25, 2017, the Newseum Institute and the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America announced today.

The moot court program will feature a competition problem linked to public schools’ ability to control what staff and students say on social media, a contemporary First Amendment issue. The competition is open to all law schools currently approved by the American Bar Association. The first day of rounds will be held at the Columbus School of Law and the second-day final rounds will be held at the Newseum.

The national competition will be limited to 24 teams, and will include scoring both for written brief and oral argument. Teams may register for the competition online through Oct. 1.

The competition is named for John Seigenthaler, the founder of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center; and for Supreme Court Justice George B. Sutherland, an ardent defender of the U.S. Constitution who served as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court between 1922 and 1938.

About the Newseum Institute

The Newseum Institute, headquartered at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. The Newseum Institute promotes the study, exploration and education of the challenges confronting freedom through its First Amendment Center and the Religious Freedom Center. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including the Freedom Forum. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter.

About Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America

The Columbus School of Law has been a leader in legal education in the nation’s capital for over 100 years. Located at The Catholic University of America, the law school offers a first-rate legal education that is practical, focused, and connected. Our classes emphasize practical skills as our students learn the law. They learn by doing, and they graduate ready to practice. Our students can focus on specialized areas of law and enhance their expertise in their chosen area, and they are challenged to stay focused on service to others in their careers. And our students are connected with faculty who take a personal interest in them, fellow students who are encouraged to treat each other like family, and an active and supportive alumni network. For more information, visit

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