2015 Paul A. McLennon, Sr., Honors Moot Court Competition Final Round and Dinner

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

Cost

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Details

The Paul A. McLennon, Sr., Honors Moot Court Competition provides an opportunity for students to develop their brief writing and advocacy skills and to test these skills in an open, rigorous competition. Organized by the Appellate Moot Court Board, the competition consists of several preliminary rounds, culminating in the final round argued before a distinguished panel of judges.

This competition was established by USD Professor Michael Devitt to honor longtime family friend, attorney and naval officer, Paul A. McLennon, Sr.

Esteemed Judges

Hon. H. Lee Sarokin, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (ret.)
Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Hon. Larry Alan Burns, District Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of California

Schedule

  • Final Round Competition - 5:30 p.m.
  • Dinner - 6:30 p.m.

Case Before the Court

In Calibraska Department of Child Protective Services v. Georgia Pierre, Respondent Georgia Pierre filed a complaint against the Calibraska Department of Child Protective Services (CDCPS), a state agency, and Zoe Walters, a CDCPS caseworker. Respondent alleged Petitioners committed an unconstitutional search and seizure when Zoe Walters, based on a concerned teacher’s tip, interviewed and physically examined Respondent’s six-year-old daughter, K.P., at her school without a warrant or probable cause. Petitioners argue the search and seizure falls within an exception to the traditional Fourth Amendment requirements of probable cause and a warrant, namely, the special needs doctrine.

In this tournament, the Supreme Court will address the following issues: (1) Whether the special needs exception to traditional Fourth Amendment requirements should apply in the context of child abuse investigations; and (2) If the special needs exception does apply, whether there occurred a search or seizure in violation of the Fourth Amendment in this case.

Directions and Parking
Parking is available in the West Marian Way parking structure. Shuttle service will be provided to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.

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