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Rhetoric - 2000 Moot Court


The legal issues raised by this year's Wabash College Moot Court Competition, which is written by alumni, concern the constitutionality of posting the Ten Commandments on a civic monument on the grounds of a city hall building. The problem is based on an Indiana case and a similar case in Kentucky, and references a statute permitting local Indiana governments to post the Ten Commandments if made part of an effort to educate the public on the influence of the Ten Commandments on the development of the state and federal Constitutions and other American jurisprudence.

Click here to view the case for this year or here for a copy of a memo on the competition from Wabash alumnus Matt Griffith of Thrasher, Griffith, and Voelkel. Click here for a hints sheet.

View the photo albums: Album One, Album Two

Judges for the finals round include:

  • Dr. Paul McKinnney, Professor of Chemistry, Wabash College
  • Dr. James Bond '64, former Dean of the School of Law, Seattle University
  • The Honorable Brent Dickson, Indiana Supreme Court
  • The Honorable Patrick Sullivan, Indiana Court of Appeals