3.17.16 — Northeastern University School of Law has been selected to participate in the 40th Annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Moot Court Association of New York Law School (NYLS). Bridgette Buchanan '16 and Pamela Swanson '16 will compete on behalf of the School of Law, ably coached by Professor Johanna Dennis. The competition honors the late United States Senator, Robert F. Wagner, Sr., a distinguished NYLS alumnus. Among his many achievements that bettered the lives of everyday working men and women, Wagner authored the National Labor Relations Act.

The Wagner Competition is the nation’s largest student-run moot court competition and the premier national competition dedicated exclusively to the areas of labor and employment law. This year, 38 teams are competing. The authors, NYLS students Kimberly Gay and Nicole Mozee, have written a fact pattern that will challenge competitors to argue whether transgender identity is a protected class under Section 703 of Title VII, and whether gender dysphoria constitutes a “serious health condition” under the Family Medical Leave Act.

Among this year’s judges is Houston activist Phyllis Randolph Frye, who in 2010 became the first transgender judge in Texas.

The final round judges are:
Chai Feldblum, Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The Honorable Phyllis Randolph Frye, City of Houston Associate Municipal Judge
The Honorable Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
The Honorable Jed Rakoff,  United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York
Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President of New York Law School

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.