Saturday, January 3, 2009

Circuit Splits for Moot Court Students

Instructors preparing a moot court assignment often look for a relevant, current legal issue about which there are two or more legitimate points of view. And where better to look than the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal? One of the reasons why the United States Supreme Court might take a case for review is because of a division of opinion between the Circuit Courts, i.e., a "split" in the Circuits.

If you are faced with what appears to be a federal issue you might want to spend a few minutes looking over the Split Circuits Blog maintained by Associate Professor A. Benjamin Spencer of Washington and Lee University School of Law. Professor Spencer summarizes the split and points to the relevant case law that identifies it. Searchable by keyword...

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