If you like to pass the time trying to predict the outcomes of Supreme Court decisions, and cert. petitions, and your FantastySCOTUS League is just not enough for you, then SCOTUSblog has something just for you -- the Supreme Court Challenge!
In its third year, the Supreme Court Challenge tests your skills at predicting how the Supreme Court will decide six certiorari petitions, and six merit cases, in April, 2014. The best part? If you win, you get paid. And who among we lawyers, doesn't like money?
There are cash prizes for the three teams with the most points, as well as the top team in each region. Here's a breakdown from SCOTUSblog:
First prize: $3,500, with an additional $1,500 if the team also beats the experts at SCOTUSblog
- Second prize: $1,500, with an additional $1,000 if the team also beats the experts at SCOTUSblog
- Third prize: $1,000, with an additional $500 if the team also beats the experts at SCOTUSblog
- The top team in each region (excluding the overall the first, second, and third prize winners): $200
In the interest of fair play, the team at Bloomberg and SCOTUSblog put together an advice sheet with 10 tips to help you with your research. Tips include reading up on the underlying pleadings, getting to know the Justices, and reading up on Supreme Court cases dealing with similar issues. We'll give you one more tip: keep reading FindLaw's Supreme Court Blog to familiarize yourself with the issues and cases before the Court.
To register for the competition, as an individual or as a team, visit SCOTUScompetition.com for details. You must register for the competition by March 22, 2014 and the submission deadline is March 31, 2014.
We wish you the best of luck in the Supreme Court Challenge -- may the best Supreme Court scholars win!
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