IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition

Monday, March 2, 2015
Justin Joffe (left) and Matthew Smart will compete on one of two teams representing IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2015 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition.
Justin Joffe (left) and Matthew Smart will compete on one of two teams representing IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2015 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition.

Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will participate in the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition March 13 to 15 at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison.

Law school teams from many of the top moot court programs in the country will participate in the tournament, which is named for Judge Evan A. Evans, an 1899 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School who served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1916 to 1948. During his years of private practice, Judge Evans was noted for both his brief-writing and his outstanding oral advocacy skills.

IIT Chicago-Kent won the competition in 2013 and won back-to-back championships in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, the law school also won awards for the best respondent's and petitioner's briefs.

This year, Brian Dodds and Kyle Jacob are on one team. The second team comprises Justin Joffe and Matthew Smart.

Kyle Jacob (left) and Brian Dodds will compete on the other team representing IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2015 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition.
Kyle Jacob (left) and Brian Dodds will compete on the other team representing IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2015 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition.

Team member Brian Dodds, a second-year student, earned a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Teammate Kyle Jacob is a second-year evening student who graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in political science and sociology.

Team member Justin Joffe is a second-year student who completed his undergraduate education in political science and business administration at the University of Miami. Teammate Matthew Smart, also a second-year student, graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a degree in costume design and technology.

Founded in 1888, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law. In 2009, IIT Chicago-Kent successfully defended its championship in the National Moot Court Competition, becoming the first school in that tournament's history to win back-to-back titles.

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