2012 National Criminal Procedure Tournament Results Announced
San Diego (November 6, 2012) – Today the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law announced the winners of the 24th Annual National Criminal Procedure Tournament, held October 25-28, 2012, at the Superior Courthouse in downtown San Diego.
“We congratulate all the competitors who spent countless hours researching the legal issues, writing appellate briefs and rehearsing oral arguments,” said USD Appellate Moot Court Board Chair Patrick Klingborg. “The 2012 National Criminal Procedure Tournament was one of the most competitive ever. Many of the teams were among the top ten moot court programs in the nation.”
Thirty-six teams of second- and third-year students from 30 different law schools across the country competed in the 24th annual moot court tournament. A full list of participating law schools and top honors are listed below.
This 2012 tournament focused on criminal procedural concerns raised by the fictional United States Supreme Court case of United States of America v. Vladmir Alucard.
This year’s problem examined the constitutionality of a dog sniff search conducted on a home with a dog that is equipped with sense-enhancing technology, and whether a court should defer to a federal agent’s interpretation of the totality of the circumstances for a Terry stop and whether Miranda warnings should be given during said Terry stop. Read the full tournament problem.
“We would especially like to thank the San Diego legal community for coming together to make this tournament such a success,” said Klingborg. “Thank you to the students of the USD Appellate Moot Court Board, the San Diego Superior Court staff, the individual judges and commissioners who allowed the competition to take place in their courtrooms, local lawyers and judges for volunteering their time and effort to judge the competition and the University of San Diego School of Law for their continued support.”
Kaplan sponsored this year’s tournament.
About the National Criminal Procedure Tournament
The National Criminal Procedure Tournament is an annual moot court competition organized by the University of San Diego School of Law Moot Court Board. Second- and third-year law students compete against top moot court programs from around the nation by arguing challenging and timely criminal procedure issues before experienced and knowledgeable members of the California Bar and well-respected state and federal judges. Final round judges have included California Supreme Court justices as well as judges from the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The rigorous tournament guarantees each team four total arguments over two days of competition with the initial rounds taking place in the San Diego Superior Courthouse and the semi-final and final rounds taking place on the campus of the University of San Diego.
About the University of San Diego School of Law
Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 1,000 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from around the United States and throughout the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of tax, intellectual property, international law, public interest, and business and corporate law.
USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.
Results for the 2012 National Criminal Procedure Tournament
Top Law Schools at the 2012 National Criminal Procedure Tournament
Best Oralist at the 2012 National Criminal Procedure Tournament
Best Petitioner’s Brief at the 2012 National Criminal Procedure Tournament
Best Respondent’s Brief at the 2012 National Criminal Procedure Tournament
Participating Law Schools at the 2012 National Criminal Procedure Tournament
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