Twenty-four teams from 19 law schools around the country will compete at Albany Law School in the 25th Annual Domenick L. Gabrielli Competition, held Thursday, Feb. 28, through Saturday, March 2, 2013.
Each year the competition focuses on emerging and controversial issues in family law. Teams of two to three current law students compete in both written and oral advocacy skills, and they are judged by prominent members of the local bar association, state and federal judges, Albany Law School professors, and members of the Albany Law Moot Court Board.
This year's problem addresses whether it is constitutional to apply a child neglect statute to remove a child from the custody of her mother because of the child’s morbid obesity. Although the state alleges it is necessary to remove the child in order to alleviate the child’s related health conditions, the mother asserts that her fundamental right to parent outweighs any interest the state may have to protect the child’s well-being.
To mark the competition's 25th anniversary, St. John's University School of Law Professor Elaine Chiu will be speaking to the competitors at a banquet immediately following the preliminary rounds. Her discussion is entitled: "Atrocities at Home: Child Brides in the USA."
Participating law schools include:
Brooklyn Law SchoolDePaul University College of LawGeorge Washington University Law SchoolJohn Marshall Law School*New York Law SchoolNorthern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of LawNova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law CenterRoger Williams University School of Law*Seton Hall University School of Law*Southern Illinois University School of Law*University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of LawUniversity of Baltimore School of LawUniversity of Cincinnati College of LawUniversity of Miami School of LawUniversity of Mississippi School of LawValparaiso University School of LawWake Forest University School of LawWidener University School of Law – Harrisburg*Widener University School of Law – Wilmington