• William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition

    Through the process of amendments, interpretation and court decision, I have finally been included in 'We, the People.'"

    - Barbara C. Jordan, Testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, July 25, 1974

    2014/2015 Competition Dates

    February 19 - 21, 2015

    Hamline University School of Law hosts The McGee Moot Court Competition Thursday, February 19 - Saturday, February 21 on the Minneapolis Campus (1600 Utica Avenue, St. Louis Park, MN 55416).

    Past competitions were hosted by the University of Minnesota Law School. Find historical results on the University of Minnesota site.

    Mission Statement

    The William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition is an inter-scholastic appellate moot court competition sponsored by the Hamline University School of Law. Its mission is to promote interest, reflection and discourse among law students, law faculty and members of the practicing bar and bench in the substance, procedure and practice of civil rights law and to provide opportunity to interested law students to develop the oral advocacy and writing skills essential to be successful appellate practitioners.

    About William E. McGee

    William McGee thumbThe Hamline University School of Law is honored that the family of William E. McGee, class of 1980, has permitted the school's National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition to bear his name. Mr. McGee was a strong advocate for human rights and devoted much of his career to representing the poor and underprivileged.

    He was the first African American to be appointed Chief Public Defender in the state of Minnesota. During his career, he also served as a public defender and prosecutor for Hennepin County and as a staff attorney and then Executive Director at the Legal Rights Center, a non-profit, community based organization that represents low-income people of color.

    Mr. McGee worked with numerous community and legal organizations including the NAACP, the Legal Redress Committee, the Minnesota Criminal Rules Committee and the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers of which he was a founding member and a past President. He received many community and professional awards including the 1992 Hennepin County Bar Association Pro Bono Award and the 1992 Minnesota Minority Lawyers Association Leadership award.

    Mr. McGee taught a Juvenile Justice course as an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law and took very seriously his role as a mentor to young attorneys and students. Posthumously, he was named an Attorney of the Year by The Minnesota Lawyer newspaper and honored with the Profiles in Courage Award of the Minnesota Association of Black Attorneys.