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CUA Law students Richard Fox and Michael Ellement (middle) with moot court judges and competition
champions Bryce Blum and Josh Champagne of The George Washington University Law School.


CUA Law Team Advances to Final Round
in National Security Moot Court Competition


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Michael Ellement and Richard Fox, third-year students at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, advanced to the final round and placed second overall in the 2013 Harold H. Greene & Joyce Hens Green National Security Law Moot Court Competition, held Feb. 9-10 at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.  

The pair bested teams from the law schools of Harvard, Georgetown, Michigan, and Baylor, among others, during a long and hard-fought weekend of competition.
Eighteen law schools competed in the national security law moot court competition. This year’s problem involved the complex legal issues associated with U.S. “cyber-strikes” and the War Powers Resolution, and the nebulous area of law frequently encountered by national security litigators—the political question doctrine.
The judges for the final round were the Hon. Andrew S. Effron, who served as the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Services from 2006-11 and who continues to serve as a senior judge on the same court today, and the Hon. Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.    
Participating Law Schools:
Baylor Law School
Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School
Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law
DePaul University College of Law
Duke University School of Law
Florida State University College of Law
Fordham University School of Law
George Washington University Law School
Georgetown University Law Center
Harvard Law School
New York University School of Law
South Texas College of Law
University of Miami School of Law
University of Michigan Law School
University of South Dakota School of Law
University of Virginia School of Law
Widener University School of Law
William and Mary