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For Immediate Release:
March 1, 2000
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|UH Law School to Host Native American Moot Court Competition|
The William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai`i will host the 2000 National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition March 9-11, 2000. This is Hawai`i's first year hosting the competition.
Forty-one teams from twenty-one different law schools across the country will compete for the national title. They include the University of New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arizona, where some of the nation's top Native American law programs are based, as well as the law schools at Harvard, Yale, and Stanford.
Four two-member teams from UH Law have been formed for this year's event. Team members include third-year students Stacey Aluag, Ululani Cagle, Georgette Concepcion, Cindy Hironaka, and Delia Ulima, and second-year students Aimee Davis, Le`a Kanehe, and Michelle Kim. The team's faculty advisor is Professor Williamson B.C. Chang.
The competition is made up of both written and oral components. The problem before the competitors will focus on issues currently impacting Native Hawaiians such as political status, traditional and customary gathering rights, ceded lands and the apology bill, within the context of federal Indian law.
UH Law captured the national title in last year's competition. The School's two teams placed first and third in the competition.
Several distinguished Hawai`i jurists and attorneys will serve as judges
for the competition. Semi-final and final oral arguments will be heard
at the United States District Court on Saturday, March 11, through an arrangement
with Chief Judge David Ezra. An awards lu`au banquet is scheduled to culminate