March 23, 2010

My interview with "The Ranker"

A few weeks ago I responded to some written interview questions from Brian Koppen, a.k.a. "The Ranker," whose moot court ranking system I've taken issue with from the earliest days of this here bloggy thing.

You can read the full interview here. I'm somewhat surprised -- and impressed, I'd add -- that Koppen posted the entire interview, unedited. I know we've been hard on each other in the past, but I've always said that I appreciate what he does. And frankly, since he changed his system to award double points for quarterfinal finishes and higher at the National Moot Court Competition, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the results are far more reliable than they once were. Remember -- under his old system, a school could win BOTH the ABA NAAC AND the NMCC and yet still not get as many points as it would for winning just the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. Now, his rankings don't differ all that much from the University of Houston's Moot Court National Championship rankings. It's hard to compare them because Houston runs on the academic year, whilst Koppen runs on the calendar year, and thus each system is including competition results that the other doesn't. But by and large, there's a good degree of overlap between the two.

Anyway, go on over to the Ranker's blog and give it a read...

1 comment:

The Completist said...

ha- he should hit this website: http://www.ranker.com