Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Hon. Richard J. Leon to Serve as the 2013 Competition’s Final Round Chief Judge!

This just in…  The Hon. Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has confirmed that he will serve as the Chief Judge of the Harold H. Greene & Joyce Hens Green National Security Law Moot Court Competition’s final round.

Judge Richard J. Leon
Judge Leon, who will also be present for the awards ceremony that will immediately follow the final round, brings prodigious national security law credentials to the Competition.  Judge Leon was appointed to the United States District Court in February 2002.  During his tenure on the bench, he has presided over numerous Guantanamo detainee trials, and he penned the landmark opinion that was famously upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that has reached “household name” status among national security law scholars—Boumediene v. Bush.

Prior to his appointment to the court, Judge Leon:
  • Acted as Deputy Chief Minority Counsel for the U.S. House Select “Iran-Contra” Committee
  • Served as counsel to Congress in the investigations of three sitting Presidents
  • Acted as Chief Minority Counsel to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee’s “October Surprise” Task Force
  • Worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in a number of capacities, including as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York
  • Served as a Commissioner on the Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control

Needless to say, the Competition Committee is thrilled by Judge Leon’s acceptance of the Chief Judge position.  His judicial acumen and breadth of experience will undoubtedly make the Competition an even stronger one.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Invitations Are Out

All of the invites have been sent out for the February 2013 Competition, and slots are filling up fast.  If you are interested in participating and your institution has yet to hear from us, act now!  Send us an invitation request to; identify the ABA-approved law school that you are affiliated with, and briefly explain your interest in the Competition.  Please do so sooner rather than later--though our Competition's registration deadline is November 16th, we anticipate filling our available competitor slots well before then.

Schools that have received an invite and are still processing the paperwork, please shoot us an e-mail to let us know that you intend to compete.  That way, we can do our best to ensure that no one that is looking forward to coming is squeezed out of the competition.

Also, we anticipate having an exciting announcement regarding the judging of the competition's final round in the very near future...  Keep checking in here at the Competition's blog for updates!