National Health Law Moot Court Competition: Public Health Responses to Coronavirus Pandemic
On November 6-7, 2020, SIU School of Law co-sponsored the 29th annual National Health Law Moot Court Competition with the Department of Medical Humanities at the SIU School of Medicine, the American College of Legal Medicine, and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation. This year, the competition responded to the unique demands of the coronavirus pandemic by moving online. The Moot Court Board hosted 32 teams from 21 schools, and members of the Moot Court Board acted a clerks of court, shepherding the judges, teams and coaches through the two days of Zoom-based arguments. Because the event did not require travel, the Moot Court Board was thrilled to have alumni from all over the country reengage with the program. It was fun to see so many familiar faces and catch up with many of you!
This year’s distinguished judges were Dr. Monique Anawis, The Honorable David Frank Hamilton, and Professor Seema Mohapatra. Dr. Anawis, MD, JD, is the medical director and assistant attorney general for the Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and faculty for the National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute. Judge Hamilton is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Professor Mohapatra is a leading expert in the areas of biotechnology and the law, public health law, reproductive justice, and health equity. During the pandemic, Professor Mohaptra has written about various issues including structural racism, mask mandates and racial discrimination, mask mandates and disability law, immunity passports, advance directives, health justice, and online teaching.
To learn more about the National Health Law Moot Court Competition, please contact Professor Cheryl Anderson who is the Director of Moot Court Programs.