Course Description



Permission of instructor required

Held at Howard University in February.

The Bryant-Moore Invitational is one of the few civil rights moot court competitions in the country. The competition is in honor of the Honorable William B. Bryant and the Honorable Luke Charles Moore. Judge Bryant, a 1936 graduate of Howard Law, became the first African American Chief Justice of the U.S. District of the District of Columbia. President Kennedy appointed Judge Moore a Chief U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia, making him the first African-American to serve in that capacity since Frederick Douglass.

The objective of the Luke Charles Moore Invitational Moot Court Competition is to introduce law students to important legal issues arising in the area of civil rights. Law students who participate in the competition will have the opportunity to develop brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience and to heighten their awareness in this evolving area of the law. This year?s problem will explore marriage equality and what limits, if any, a state has in regulating the formation of marriage and the exclusive benefits it provides to those who are married.