SIU School of Law to hold National Health Law Moot Court Competition - Nov 1 - 2

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SIU School of Law to hold National Health Law Moot Court Competition - Nov 1 - 2

October 25, 2019, by Pete Rosenbery

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Making a point -- SIU School of Law students recently argued the National Health Law Moot Court Competition case during their annual intramural competition. The only mock U.S. Supreme Court competition dedicated to the always evolving and expanding topic of health law is Nov. 1-2 at the law school. (Photo provided)

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Cutting-edge legal and medical issues are the bedrock of the annual National Health Law Moot Court competition, and next week’s event hosted by the SIU School of Law once again addresses an ongoing concern: opioids. 

Twenty-eight teams from 20 law schools will compete Friday and Saturday in the competition at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Hiram H. Lesar Law Building. The event features second- and third-year law students honing their presentations and formulating legal arguments before judges, law professors and medical professionals. 

In its 28th year, this is the only mock U.S. Supreme Court competition dedicated to the evolving and expanding topic of health law, according to Cheryl L. Anderson, a professor at the law school and director of the moot court programs.

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover the moot court finals on Saturday. Organizers ask reporters and camera crews to check in with Anderson no later than 3:45 p.m. for instructions on where and how the event can be recorded.  For more information before the event, contact Anderson at 618/453-5634. 

Fictitious case centers on opioid manufacturers 

This year’s problem raises questions about state litigation against opioid manufacturers for fueling the opioid crisis through their advertising and marketing practices, Anderson said. 

The first issue asks whether a federal court should hear these types of claims or if another branch of government, legislative or an executive agency, is better suited to resolve these questions. The second issue asks whether states can use common law public nuisance laws to recover costs associated with responding to this public health crisis. 

“Our hypothetical case this year is only barely hypothetical, as there are several similar cases being ligated right now in courts across the country,” Anderson said. “It seems every day, there are new developments, and this brings a special challenge for the students who will be making their arguments.” 

The law school is “proud to be the only appellate moot court competition focused on such cutting-edge health law issues,” Anderson said. 

The court record and other information are on the competition website

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