Monday, October 31, 2016

Register Now! Moot Court Competition Examines the Intersection of Religious Heritage, Cultural Heritage, and Wildlife Protection

The Eighth Annual Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition pits the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) against the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) in a case brought by an American Indian.

RFRA statutorily bolsters the First Amendment’s constitutional guarantee of an individual’s free exercise of religion. BGEPA, meanwhile, protects America’s national symbol by prohibiting the taking of bald and golden eagles and eagle parts, including feathers.

Sponsored by the DePaul University College of Law and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, the 2017 moot court competition will be held on February 24 and 25, 2017 at the U.S. Court of Appeals in downtown Chicago.

The competition is open to 26 two- and three-member student teams from ABA-accredited or provisionally accredited law schools.

The registration deadline is November 17, 2016, and the problem will be released on November 18, 2016.

Visit the competition website at for additional details or to register a team, or email with any questions.

Attorneys interested in serving as judges or brief graders should contact CLE credit is available for attorneys who participate as judges.

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