Rhodes Alumnus Joseph McKinney Makes Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team


Publication Date: 11/2/2009

Joseph McKinney ’05 recently was selected to serve on the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition (FDMCC) Travel Team. He is in law school at The University of Memphis, and the team will compete in Baton Rouge, La., in January.

“I was selected because of my oral advocacy skills,” says McKinney.  “In particular, the judges were impressed that I finished in the top six teams in the intra-school Freshman Moot Court Competition.”

Founded in 1975 and presented by the National Black Law Students Association, the FDMCC is designed to promote law students’ written and oral advocacy skills. Each year, teams are given a legal problem and have to write a legal appellate brief.

This year the two legal issues deal with Fourth Amendment Search & Seizure Rights and Fifth Amendment Due Process Rights.

McKinney holds a B.A. degree in business administration from Rhodes.