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Emory Law Professors Participate in Moot Court Argument
By Patti Ghezzi | Emory Law | Dec 4, 2014 12:12:00 AM

Emory Law will host a moot court argument on Monday, Dec. 8 from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 575 as part of the Alliance Defending Freedom’s preparation to argue a religious freedom case before the U.S. Supreme Court in January.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to take a break from finals and watch the proceedings. Pizza will be served.

The case, Reed v. Town of Gilbert, involves members of an Arizona church who are facing zoning restrictions on their ability to place temporary signs around the community, signs that inform the public of the time and location of worship services.

Emory Law students, under the supervision of Dr. Mark Goldfeder and in conjunction with the Emory Law Supreme Court Advocacy Program, worked with Dr. Jay Sekulow, CSLR senior fellow and chief counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice, on a “friend of the court brief,” which was filed in September.

The purpose of the moot is to allow the attorneys who will appear before the Supreme Court an opportunity to rehearse their argument and receive feedback from their peers.

David Cortman, senior counsel and vice-president of religious liberty for Alliance Defending Freedom, will argue the case before a team of experts, including:

·      Michael Perry, Emory Law professor and First Amendment expert

·      Sarah Shalf, Emory Law professor and faculty advisor for the Supreme Court Advocacy Project

·      Hon. Lindsay R.M. Jones, DeKalb County Assistant Magistrate Judge; City of Decatur Municipal Court Judge; associate director for the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution; Emory Law adjunct professor

·      Robert B. Ahdieh, Vice Dean, Emory Law

·      Kirk Fjelstul, acting executive director, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority; former program chair, Zoning and Government Regulation of Land ICLE; Georgia State University Law adjunct professor

·      Gerald Weber, former legal director, ACLU of Georgia; Emory Law adjunct professor

For more information, contact Mark Goldfeder at