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Mock Appellate Arguments on Texas Advance Directives Act

Posted Oct 31 2008 8:04am
Upcoming in the next few days are two separate mock appellate arguments to analyze the constitutionality of the Texas Advance Directives Act.

First, in San Antonio, Texas, Douglas G. Deffenbaugh and Lisette C. Lange, father-and-daughter founding partners of San Antonio firm Deffenbaugh & Lange, will make presentations about the Texas Advance Directives Act of 1999 and how it affects Catholic Texans, Deffenbaugh says. The conference is sponsored by the San Antonio Archdiocese and Archbishop José H. Gomez and will be held at the University of the Incarnate Word. Deffenbaugh says he and his daughter will also present opposing arguments about discontinuing life-sustaining treatments to someone who is cognitively incompetent. He says the duo will present their arguments, in a mock appellate court format, before a panel of volunteer attorneys, at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The presentation is entitled, "Are your religious freedoms protected if you are a pro-life American?’"

Second, in Carbondale, Illinois on November 7-8, is the 17th Annual Health Law Moot Court Competition. The problem concerns the constitutionality of a state statute nearly identical to Texas'. The briefs from 34 teams are available here. I am looking forward to the oral arguments at the SIU School of Law.
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