We are pleased to announce that the Columbus School of Law will sponsor and host the Second Annual Ellen A. (Nell) Hennessy Moot Court Competition with the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel on February 23, 2019.

Last year, law school teams competed before experienced ERISA practitioners, including the former Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security of the U.S. Department of Labor (and longtime friend and colleague of Nell Hennessy), The Honorable Phyllis Borzi '78. The teams addressed current hot topics in ERISA on the enforceability of plan venue provisions, and on the prudence of offering socially responsible investing funds in a 401(k) plan. After several hard fought rounds, Drexel’s team won.

This year’s problem will address issues arising from the denial of disability benefits under ERISA-covered plans, particularly the legal standards that courts should apply when reviewing a plan’s claims denials. Registrationh has closed. Key dates and preliminary information are below:

  • Date and Location of Competition:
    • Saturday, February 23, 2019
    • Columbus School of Law, 3600 John McCormack Road, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20064

  • Registration Fee and Deadline:
    • Deadline for Registration: Friday, November 9, 2018
    • Final Date for Withdrawal: Friday, January 18, 2019 (After this date, we are unable to refund registration fees.)
    • Registration fee: $400 per team (plus non-refundable 3% credit card fee)
    • A school may enter up to two teams consisting of at least two members and no more than three members each, but only two may argue during any one session. An additional (third) team may be considered as space allows.

  • Expected Schedule:
    • Problem and Program Rules Release Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
    • Competitor Briefs Due: Friday, January 18, 2019
    • Program Contact: Columbus School of Law: Moot Court Vice Chancellor, Willistine Harris, at cua.hennessymootcomp@gmail.com.
Click here to learn more about the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and the legacy of Ellen A. (Nell) Hennessy.