Hispanic National Bar Association Invites Law Students to Participate in its 17th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition

Contact: Zuraya Tapia-Hadley
E-mail: ztapia@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777

January 13, 2012

Hispanic National Bar Association Invites Law Students to Participate in its17th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition

Washington D.C. – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) announced today that the registration deadline for its prestigious Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition has been extended until Friday, January 20, 2012. Registration is available online at www.hnba.com.

Now in its seventeenth year, the Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition provides the opportunity for students from law schools across the country to brief and argue a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court before panels of distinguished federal and state court judges, as well as experienced attorneys and law professors.

The Moot Court Competition also provides students with invaluable networking opportunities with the several hundred attendees at the Midyear Conference, including judges, professors, in house and outside counsel, and other professionals. Participation is limited to the first 32 two-student teams to register. As in past years, the winning team will receive a significant scholarship, and scholarships for the “best oralist” and “best brief” will also be awarded.

HNBA National President Benny Agosto said, “we are especially excited about this year’s competition not only because we will have some of the brightest and most talented Latino students participating, but also because these students represent the future of the HNBA and of the legal profession.” Mr. Agosto also noted, “we are also excited about 2012, because the HNBA is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. We are looking forward to a great year in the history of the HNBA.”

The Moot Court Competition will take place during the HNBA’s Annual Midyear Corporate Counsel Conference, which is scheduled for March 28-31, 2012 and will take place at the Westin Newport in Jersey City, New Jersey. This year, students will write briefs and present oral argument on a case based on the pending Supreme Court case of United States v. Jones. Students will brief and argue the propriety of the warrantless use of GPS devices by law enforcement to track suspects. The issue is complex and nuanced and requires an analysis of the Fourth Amendment’s “search and seizure” provision. The moot court problem was prepared by top appellate practitioners from the Gibson Dunn LLP law firm in Washington, D.C.

The quarter- and semi-final rounds of the Moot Court Competition are scheduled to take place at the historic Hudson County Courthouse in Jersey City, New Jersey and the final rounds will be held at the United States District Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey. Interested students are encouraged to register today, as space is limited. For more information about the HNBA or the Moot Competition, please visit www.hnba.com or call the HNBA national office at 202.223.4777.