Mark R. Weaver

Department of Political Science
The College of Wooster

Email: mweaver@wooster.edu
Phone: 330-263-2416

Fax: 330-263-2340 or 330-263-2693

Address: 130 Kauke Hall
400 East University
The College of Wooster
Wooster, OH 44691

 

We are the ACMA 2007-08 National Champions! Drew Glassroth and Kate McCarthy won the team title at the ACMA National Tournament on January 18-19, 2008 at Drake University Law School in Des Moines. (Link to article).

 

The 2008-2009 ACMA case problem is Andrea "Andy" Sumerville, Petitioner v. Olympus State University, William DeNolf as President of Olympus State University, Respondent (Link to Word version, and link to PDF version ).

The Rules of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association are available here: Link to Word version, and link to PDF version.

 

 

 

2008-2009 Courses:

Fall
Spring

PSCI 130: Intro to Contemporary Ideologies, 1:00-1:50 PM, MWF, Room TBA

PSCI 214: Civil Liberties, TBA
IDPT 215: Con Law and Appellate Advocacy, 1:00-2:20 PM, TTh, Room, TBA
PSCI 231: Modern Western Political Theory, TBA
PSCI 330: Research in Political Theory, TBA PSCI 330: Research in Political Theory, TBA

Moot Court:
The College of Wooster Moot Court Team
is sponsored by the Pre-Law Advising Program. The Co-Captains of the 2008-2009 team are Kate McCarthy, Tom Loughead and Elysia Tonti. The Team Secretary is Claire Burgess. Practices will begin at 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, August 27 in Kauke 38, and we will meet on Wednesday nights throughout the fall semester.

The 2008 ACMA Midwest Moot Court Tournament, which is sponsored by the Wayne County Bar Association, will be held at The College of Wooster on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22. The Midwest Regional is one of seven ACMA qualifier tournaments that will be held in the fall of 2008. The top 25% of the teams at each regional will qualify for the ACMA National Tournament. For further information and updates on the 2008 Midwest Regional Tournament, see the COW Moot Court Page.

The 2008-2009 National Tournament of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA) will be held at Chapman University Law School in Orange County, California on January 16-17, 2009.

The 2008-2009 ACMA case problem is Andrea "Andy" Sumerville, Petitioner v. Olympus State University, William DeNolf as President of Olympus State University, Respondent. (Link to Word version and, link to PDF version).
The Rules of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association are available here in PDF and here in Word.

Further reading on moot court :
Preparing Students for an Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament, a paper I delivered at the 2000 APSA national meeting, in PDF.
"Setting Up a Moot Court Team," an article I wrote for MAPLA Briefs (Summer 2005).
"Moot Court: A Student's Perspective," by Michael Broda, Class of 2006, College of Wooster, appeared in MAPLA Briefs (Summer 2005).

The 2007-2008 COW Moot Court Team. The 2007-2008 COW National Team. Tournament Results from the 2007 ACMA Midwest Tournament and the 2008 ACMA National Tournament. Pictures of All-Americans at the 2008 ACMA National Tournament.
The 2006-2007 COW Moot Court Team. James Owens and Mike McMaster finished in Second Place at the ACMA National Tournament, losing in the final round by one ballot. Link to pictures from the 2006-2007 National Tournament.
The 2005-2006 COW Moot Court Team.
The 2004-2005 COW Moot Court Team.
The 2003-2004 COW Moot Court Team
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Environmental Updates:
Environmental Task Force: The objective of the College's Environmental Task Force is: "To provide and maintain a physical environment that supports excellence in the academic and residential programs and exemplifies responsible environmental management."

Local Foods Committee: We are currently working on several projects such as promoting local foods in the dining halls, starting a composting program, and converting College vehicles to biodiesal. Link to the Local Foods Committee page. Link to a story on the conversion of the College's catering van to run on recycled cooking oil from the dining halls.


Agroecosystems Management Program and the Sugar Creek Watershed Project:
During 2004-2005, I served as a Visiting Scientist with the Agroecosystems Management Program (AMP) at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), Ohio State University, Wooster, OH. This was a difficult year for AMP because Dr. Benjamin Stinner, the leader of AMP and holder of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation-endowed chair in ecological management in OSU's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, was killed November 23, 2004 in a car accident. Ben was a great friend, a dynamic leader, and one of the most original thinkers that I have ever known. For more on Ben. For more on AMP.

I continue to work with Dr. Richard Moore, Team Leader of the Sugar Creek Watershed Project: Sugar Creek Watershed Restoration – A Community Based Approach to Ecosystem  Management.
For more on the Sugar Creek Watershed
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Sprawl and Land-Use Policy:
I am also interested in issues regarding sprawl and land-use policy. According to the Exurban Change Project, College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University, Ohio ranks eighth in urban land growth (1992-97), but ranks twenty-seventh in population change (1990-2000).

In pursuit of these interests, I currently work with the Wayne County Agriculture Success Team. For reports issued by the Ag Success Team, use the links at the bottom of the Wayne County Commissioners' home page.
In the spring and summer of 2004, College of Wooster students administered the Wayne County Producer Survey, using a drop off/pick up technique. A copy of the Executive Summary of the Producer Survey is available here in PDF.

I also serve on the City of Wooster's Planning Commission. To download the City of Wooster's Comprehensive Plan (2002) or the Planning and Zoning Code (2007), go to the home page of the Wooster Planning and Zoning Department.