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UCLA School of Law Team to Compete in Final Round of Williams Institute Moot Court Competition


April 5, 2013 – A UCLA School of Law team will compete against Stanford Law School in the final round of the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition, which will be held on Friday, April 12, 2013 at UCLA School of Law.

During preliminary rounds of competition, 37 teams from law schools across the country argued the constitutional implications of segregating transgender people in prison. The finalists will now address the following two issues:

Issue 1: Under what constitutional standard should the Court evaluate a transgender inmate’s claim that the state’s confinement of her to administrative segregation violates her right to be free from the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?

Issue 2: Does the state’s confinement of the transgender inmate survive scrutiny under the Equal Protection clause?

In addition, the final round judging panel will feature:

The Honorable Michael W. Fitzgerald, Judge, United States District Court, Central District of California
The Honorable Monica M. Márquez, Justice, Colorado Supreme Court
The Honorable Sabrina S. McKenna, Associate Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court

The Williams Institute hosts the only national competition dedicated exclusively to the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity law. The final round is part of the Williams Institute 12th Annual Update Conference “Lawrence + 10: What’s next for LGBT Rights?” This event is free and open to the entire UCLA Law community. To RSVP and for the full schedule, please visit: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/.