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Some of the most talented, law-focused undergraduate students from across the country will convene for two days in November at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law for the inaugural Bluegrass Regional Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament, co-sponsored by Berea College.

Preliminary rounds will take place on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, and elimination and final rounds on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Sixty-eight undergraduate students will make up 34 two-person teams, and the finalists and semifinalists will qualify to move on to the national American Moot Court Association tournament.

This year’s national Case Problem involves a Fourth Amendment issue and an Eighth Amendment issue.

Schools represented in the Bluegrass Regional Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament include Berea College; University of Louisville; Vanderbilt University; University of Georgia; Clemson University; University of California, Berkeley; Air Force Academy; Colorado Christian University; Patrick Henry College; and Williams College.

“We want this tournament to be a meaningful and memorable experience for the undergraduate students,” UK Rosenberg Law Dean Mary J. Davis said. “We are excited to give them an opportunity to hone their skills, and we look forward to introducing them to our law school as well as many of our law professors, alumni and students.”

Local attorneys and judges, including UK Rosenberg Law alumni, as well as law faculty have volunteered to serve as “justices” who will hear oral arguments in the tournament, and law students at UK will serve as bailiffs and timekeepers.

The tournament will be held in various classrooms in the Law Building and at the nearby Gatton College of Business and Economics. On Saturday, the final round will take place in the G. Chad Perry III Grand Courtroom in the Law Building followed by an awards dinner in the Honorable William S. Cooper ’70 classrooms on the third floor of the Law Building.