Georgetown Law will open at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, with liberal leave in effect. The Law Library will open at its regular hour. All in-class exams scheduled to begin at 9:00 am will begin at 1:30 pm.
PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR AN UPDATE AT 9:00 AM, Tuesday, December 10th, for any changes to the Law Center's operating status resulting from changes in the weather.
All designated emergency employees must report to work on time. All other employees are expected to report to work by 11:00 am. Employees may take unscheduled leave, but should contact their supervisor to discuss the needs of their unit and individual circumstances.
Special events and programs scheduled to start before 11:00 am will be delayed and may be cancelled. Please check with your program planner to determine status.
The centerpiece of the Supreme Court Institute (SCI) is the Supreme Court Moot Court Program, which taps into the expertise of faculty and outside practitioners to prepare counsel for oral argument before the Court. The SCI offers its moot courts as a public service, at no charge and irrespective of the positions taken by counsel, reflecting a core commitment to the quality of Supreme Court advocacy in all cases.
In recent years, the SCI has advanced that goal by conducting moot courts for advocates in nearly every case on the Court's argument docket. In the current Term (October Term 2012), the SCI provided a moot court to counsel in 100% of the cases argued before the Court. The SCI moot court program was recently featured in a New York Times article by Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak.
Other SCI activities include annual briefings for the press and students to preview the upcoming Supreme Court Term, mock moot courts of significant cases on the Court's docket, scholarly conferences, panel discussions of oral arguments, and presentations on recent publications related to the Court or Supreme Court practice.
Many of our programs, including most moot courts, are open to students and provide a unique opportunity to explore the nuances of Supreme Court advocacy and the decision-making process. Every student enrolled in the J.D. program at Georgetown attends a moot court as part of the first-year Legal Research and Writing curriculum. Faculty members are welcome to coordinate with the SCI to include moot courts as part of course curricula, and students enrolled in seminars on Supreme Court advocacy attend several moots during these semester-long courses. Our other programs and activities provide practicing lawyers and academics with opportunities to exchange ideas about the Court and support each other in their work.