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Leslie Pedernales serves as judge at the Diversity Moot Court Competition

February 2020

Public Affairs Counsel Leslie Pedernales served as a semi-final round judge for the Twelfth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition on February 6th during the American Bar Association’s Twenty Fifth Annual Forum on Communications Law Conference in Austin, TX. The Competition is sponsored by the Forum and is designed to expose diverse law students to the practice of media law, a rapidly evolving field with great opportunity for inventive young thinkers. In the process, diverse law students interested in the practice of media law grapple with complex legal issues. Participants are current, first and second-year law students attending accredited US law schools. The Competition consists of preliminary rounds in which students submit appellate briefs addressing novel issues in the area of media law. The four teams with the highest brief scores receive coaching from their mentors to prepare for the semi-final round of oral arguments and the four students with the highest combined brief and semi-final oral argument scores (without regard to team assignment) advance to the final round of the Competition. They are randomly assigned which side they will argue, testing their ability to adapt under pressure conditions. The final round of oral arguments was conducted before a panel of sitting appellate judges. 

Leslie serves as a member of the Governing Board for the ABA’s Forum on Communications Law and is Co-Chair of the Forum’s Webinar Committee. This is her second year presiding as a semi-finals judge for the Diversity Moot Court Competition. Read more about the competition here.