Law students from USC and London to compete
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A group of British law students will spar with their University of South Carolina School of Law counterparts in two mock court presentations this week.
The student barristers (British for lawyer) are from The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, one of the four London Inns of Court established in medieval times as societies for the training and socialization of barristers.
The first mock court presentation, or moot, is taking place Wednesday, Sept. 14. S.C. Chief Justice Jean Toal will serve as one of the judges. The case will be a hypothetical criminal appeal featuring USC law students Carmel Matin and Josh Thomas.
A second moot will be open to the public and will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the School of Law auditorium. The case will be a hypothetical contract dispute featuring law students Rachel Rogers and Will McKinney. In attendance will be S.C. federal and state judges and litigators, who are members of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court, an organization that is part of the larger Inn of Court movement in the United States.
“These moot events offer our law students opportunities to compete and learn about the London Inns of Court. The Gray’s Inn team will visit only two universities in the United States this year,” law professor Martin McWilliams said. “To be selected by the Inn as a venue is a high compliment for a law school. We hope that many in the legal profession will join us for the public moot on Thursday.”
Their visit is an extension of USC’s School of Law London Maymester program, where university law students study comparative law at Gray’s Inn.
“The Inns lie at the very heart of the English justice system,” McWilliams said.
The Thursday moot precedes the university’s Constitution Day, which also takes place in the auditorium at 7 p.m. It will feature Dr. Keith J. Bybee, a professor and expert in constitutional law and the judicial process at Syracuse University, who will discuss the public skepticism of judges.
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