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    03.23.11 Brooklyn Law School Hosts First Jurist-in-Residence Judge Duane Benton at the 26th Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Moot Court Competition
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    The 26th Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Moot Court Competition hosted by the Moot Court Honor Society will be held March 31 - April 2, 2011. The premier evidence competition is named in honor of the late Jerome Prince, renowned evidence scholar, teacher, and author of Prince on Evidence, who served as Dean of Brooklyn Law School from 1953-1971.

    At this year’s competition, 32 teams from across the country will argue an appellate brief that addresses evidentiary issues in a contemporary context. The bench for the final round on Saturday, April 2, will be comprised of Judge Duane Benton, Judge Joette Katz, and Judge Thomas I. Vanaski.

    In addition to judging the final round, Judge Benton will be the Law School’s first Jurist-in-Residence for one week, during which he will visit a number of classes and also meet informally with faculty and students in more intimate settings.

    Judge Benton was nominated by President George W. Bush as a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and received his commission on July 2, 2004. Prior to joining the federal bench, Benton served on the Supreme Court of Missouri from 1991 to 2004 and was its Chief Justice from 1997 to 1999. He was director of the Missouri Department of Revenue in the administration of then-Governor John Ashcroft from 1989 to 1991, and served as an administrative aide to a United States Congressman Wendell Bailey from 1981 to 1982. Prior to that, he practiced law for six years in Missouri. Benton also served as a captain in the U.S. Navy/Naval Reserve from 1972 to 2002, and as judge advocate in the U.S. Navy from 1975 to 1979.

    “Getting a perspective from the bench on a host of legal issues will provide an invaluable, and enjoyable, learning opportunity for our students—and our faculty,” said Michael Cahill, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

    The Moot Court Honor Society is one of the most distinguished and accomplished moot court programs in the country. This year’s teams have already won individual awards for outstanding appellate and trial advocacy, won competitions, and have advanced to quarter-final, semi-final, and final rounds. Read more about Brooklyn Law School’s Moot Court teams 2010-2011 wins.

    Read about last year's Prince Competition.