Each year SIRR sponsors one or two teams to attend NYU's Immigration Law Competition in February. Moot court competitors prepare a legal brief in January and then compete in oral arguments the next month on an issue concerning cutting-edge immigration law in the U.S. For more information regarding the moot court competition, please contact Alan Ornstein ([email protected]) and Annie Seminara ([email protected]).
The 2017 competition featured two issues: 1) whether it is a requirement that a criminal conviction be determined ''final'' for the purpose of deporting someone, and 2) whether or not a state drug look-alike statute was sufficiently related to the federal list of controlled substances such that a conviction under the state law could trigger a federal deportation mandate. Competitors had to argue both on behalf of the petitioner and the government and the judges were experiences practitioners in immigration. This program is an excellent avenue for law students to engage in immigration law at a high level and hone both their legal writing and public speaking skills.