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NEW INTERNATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION AT UGA LAW SCHOOL

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Monday, September 9, 1996

WRITER: Kathy R. Pharr, 542-5172

CONTACT: Richard Ford, 542-5123

NEW INTERNATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION AT UGA LAW SCHOOL

ATHENS, Ga. -- Two third-year law students at the University of Georgia will face two Irish barristers in a case concerning the extradition of suspected international terrorists Friday, September 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the law school's Hatton Lovejoy courtroom.

The competition marks the first exchange with the Honorable Society of King's Inns in Dublin, Ireland, an institution whose roots go back to the sixteenth century and the reign of Henry VIII. To become a barrister-at-law in Ireland, a student must have passed a diploma examination at the King's Inns. Therefore, all members of the Irish bar and judiciary belong to the society.

The King's Inn exchange, to be held every other year, complements the law school's existing moot court exchange program with Gray's Inn of London, England. The two programs will now be offered in alternating years, exposing law students to an international exchange each fall.

"This is a wonderful addition to our international moot court exchange program," said moot court advisor Richard Ford. "It's provides exposure for our students to a different legal culture and, hopefully, also develops some lasting friendships with the King's Inn participants."

Law students Clay Jones and Christy Calbos, members of last year's national championship Jessup International Moot Court Team, will represent the law school in the courtroom argument. In the days following the competition, the Irish guests will be treated to kayaking on the Ocoee River, a play, a visit to an Atlanta law firm and a stop in Centennial Olympic Park. The three Irish students attending are accompanied by J.K. Waldron, the director of education at King's Inns, and his wife, Helen.

Law faculty members and three graduates of the Class of 1996, veterans of the award-winning National Moot Court Team, will reciprocate the exchange to Ireland October 31 - November 4. They are: Tracy Nelson of Troutman Sanders in Atlanta; Cale Conley of Butler, Wooten, Overby, Cheeley, Pearson and Fryhofer in Columbus; and Jeanine Gibbs of Holland & Knight in Atlanta.

Both exchanges are financed in part by the William Carroll Brown Fund.

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