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Peebles and Stanford Win 2014 Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition

Four men and a woman smile for a photo in the LSU Law courtroom with a man and woman each holding silver trophies

The Honorable Richard Bourgeois, Mary Margaret Peebles, Honorable James J. “Jim” Brady (’69), Professor Michael Coenen and Stephen Stanford at the 2014 Tullis Competition.

Mary Margaret Peebles and Stephen Stanford are the winners of the 2014 Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition. The competition was held October 23 in the Robinson Courtroom.

Named in honor of the former Dean Emeritus of the Law Center, the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition has been a tradition of honor at LSU Law since the 1930s.  Participation is open to the second-year class; this year, nearly 40% of the 2L class participated in the Tullis Competition, with 36 teams of students submitting briefs and oral arguments.

This year’s case, City of Thurmont v. Lewis, was a fictional case pending before the United States Supreme Court.  The issues before the Court in City of Thurmont were:

(1)   Whether the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits a public school from holding important ceremonies, such as a high-school graduation, in a church;

(2)   Whether the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that law enforcement officers and law enforcement agencies provide accommodations to a disabled person suspected of committing a crime while in the course of arresting and processing the arrest of such a person.

The Honorable James J. “Jim Brady” (’69) of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, the Honorable Richard Bourgeois, United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana, and LSU Law Professor Michael Coenen judged the competition.