Contact: Edith Sachs,
Video Archive of Final Round Is Posted at http://www.nyls.edu/wagner
Today’s final round was judged by a distinguished bench led by the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
“The decision was particularly difficult to make because it was such a well-written problem,” Judge Kozinski said. “Everybody did very well addressing some very hard questions.”
Students from 38 law schools from every region of the country competed in the written and oral phases of the competition, arguing a moot case arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the fictitious case, two former employees of Shop-n-Bag, Inc., George Costanza and Jerry Seinfeld, file separate employment discrimination suits against the company; Costanza claiming that he was a victim of religious discrimination, and Seinfeld alleging that he was a victim of retaliation based on his support of Costanza’s rights and his opposition to Shop-n-Bag’s supposedly unlawful practices.
The oral rounds began on March 15 and culminated in the grand final
round with the two best teams arguing before a bench that also
included the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons, United States Court of
Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; the Honorable Jane Roth, United
States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; the Honorable Wilma B.
Liebman, Board Member, National Labor Relations Board; and the
Honorable Richard A. Matasar, Dean and President,
Professor Carlin Meyer was the faculty advisor for the fact pattern. The Honorable Gerald Lebovits, Adjunct Professor of Law, is the faculty advisor to the Moot Court Association.
The Wagner Competition is named in honor of the
Founded in 1891,
is the second oldest independent law school in the
. Drawing on its location near the centers of law, government, and finance in New York City, its faculty of noted and prolific scholars has built the school’s curricular strength in the areas of tax law, labor and employment law, civil and human rights law, media and information law, urban legal studies, international and comparative law, and interdisciplinary fields such as legal history and legal ethics.
has more than 11,000 graduates and enrolls some 1500 students in its full- and part-time J.D. program. It is one of only two law schools in the metropolitan area to offer the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Tax Law.