2015 National First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Nashville Cancelled Due to Severe Weather

Out of concerns  for the safety of competitors, judges and guests, as well as the ability to maintain the quality of competition, the oral argument portion of this year’s National First competition, scheduled for Feb. 19-20, on the campus of Vanderbilt University, has been cancelled, Gene Policinski, Chief Operating Officer of the Newseum Institute, said Tuesday.

Tennessee and Nashville remain in a “state of emergency” declared by public officials, who ask drivers to remain off city and state roads.  Dangerous ice conditions have resulted in the closure of local interstate highways and the city’s airport, and Vanderbilt University is closed again today – an extremely rare occurrence. Low temps on Wednesday and Thursday will be in low single-digits, with wind chill temps well below zero.

The Moot Court Board and the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center will award competition prizes for 2015 related to written briefs. The award announcement will made later this month.

For competitors with questions related to the competition: contact Ashlie Hampton, at [email protected]; or Gene Policinski, at [email protected].

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