by Brittany Hardy
A team from Baylor Law School will compete in the GW National Security Law Moot Court Competition on Feb. 12-13.
The team includes Stephanie Almeter, Will Thomas, Ben Doyle and Caroleene Hardee and is coached by Professor Bridget M. Fuselier.
This interscholastic competition involves nearly 25 law schools and is hosted by the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Contestants argue contemporary security issues before a panel of experts in the field.
"The competition is very well run and as realistic as these competitions get. The judges are knowledgeable experts in the field and truly test the advocacy skills of the participants," Fuselier said, "Our students have worked hard are ready to compete and represent Baylor well."
This year the competition problem involves an American citizen who is rendered to a foreign country for interrogation after being placed on an "enemy combatant" list.
The American claims to have been tortured for 15 months in the foreign country and then released with no charges being brought against him. He sues the U.S. Attorney General and the Director of the CIA to collect monetary damages for being deprived of his rights under the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments of the US Constitution.
The competition places students in the position of attorneys arguing before the United States Supreme Court.
Former competition judges have included federal appeals court and district court judges, former directors of the CIA and FBI, a former Solicitor General of the United States, and a former Acting Attorney General of the United States.