2016 Paul A. McLennon, Sr., Honors Moot Court Competition Final Round and Awards Dinner

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




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. Registration for this event is now closed. If you would like to attend, please contact the Office for Law Student Affairs.

Esteemed Judges

Hon. Richard D. Huffman, Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District
Justice Huffman was appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal for the State of California by Governor George Deukmejian in October of 1988 following his tenure as a Judge of the Superior Court for San Diego County since April of 1985. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Justice Huffman served as Chief Deputy District Attorney for over ten years and as Assistant District Attorney for the remainder of his 14 years of service with the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. In those positions he was responsible for the overall supervision of a staff of 450, trying a number of complex and sensitive cases. He began his legal career with the State Attorney General's Office. For three of his five years there, Justice Huffman headed the Attorney General's Special Prosecutions and Organized Crime Unit for Southern California, also serving in a cross-designated capacity as Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern and Central Districts, as well as being a member of the Federal Strike Force on Organized Crime in Los Angeles. Justice Huffman was admitted to the State Bar of California in January of 1966 following his graduation from the University of Southern California School of Law. His contributions to the administration of justice and his trial skills brought him four singular honors: "Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year" by the California District Attorneys Association, "Outstanding Public Lawyer" by the San Diego County Bar Association, and "Prosecutor of the Year" by Citizens for Law and Order, and selection for membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 1988, he received the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association's "Trial Judge of the Year Award". In 2012, Justice Huffman was presented with the Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence by the Judicial Council of California.

Hon. Lawrence F. Winthrop, Judge, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One
Judge Winthrop was appointed to Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals by Governor Hull in 2002. Judge Winthrop is a graduate cum laude of Whittier College and magna cum laude of California Western School of Law, and is admitted to practice in both Arizona and California. Before his appointment, Judge Winthrop was a trial lawyer with Snell & Wilmer (1977-93) and Doyle ♦ Winthrop (1993-2002). Judge Winthrop served as Chief Judge of Division One from 2011-13, and has served as a member of the Arizona Judicial Council and the Commission on Technology. He is currently chair of the Arizona Commission on Access to Justice, chair of the Supreme Court’s Attorney Discipline Probable Cause Committee and chair of the Court’s Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee. In 2012, the Arizona Supreme Court recognized Judge Winthrop as its “Judge of the Year” for his work in civic education and promoting state-wide access to justice. He has also received similar recognition from the Arizona Trial Lawyers’ Association and the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel. In 2015, The Arizona State Bar Board of Governors named Judge Winthrop as the James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist, which recognizes “that judge whose career exemplifies the highest standards of judicial conduct for integrity and independence; who is knowledgeable of the law and faithful to it . . . and who endeavors to improve the administration of justice and public understanding of, and respect for, the role of law in our society.”

Hon. David J. Danielsen, Supervising Criminal Judge, Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
Judge Danielsen, currently the Criminal Supervising Judge of the San Diego Superior Court, has served as a judge in San Diego since 1990. He is a graduate cum laude of the University of San Diego School of Law and has had broad Criminal and Civil Trial experience. Judge Danielsen is a past Presiding Judge of the San Diego Superior Court and former President of the California Judges Association. Judge Danielsen is a frequent presenter for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research. He speaks often on Realignment, Evidence Based Practices, Proposition 47, Felony Sentencing, Plea Bargaining and Three Strikes. Judge Danielsen is a past President of the American Inns of Court, Enright Inn and current member of the Board of Directors. He served as president of the University of San Diego Law Alumni Board from 2000-2001 and is a current member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Prior to his election, Judge Danielsen was a civil litigator.


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

Case Before the Court

In Sonoma County Police Department and Frank Bullitt v. Adam Roberts, on behalf of Jason Roberts (“J.R.”), a minor child, Respondent Adam Roberts filed a complaint against the Sonoma County Police Department and one of its police officers Frank Bullitt. Officer Bullitt, based upon a 9-11 call reporting a possible active school shooting situation and his own personal observations, shot Respondent's unarmed fifteen-year-old son, J.R., at his school. Respondent alleges that Petitioners committed an unconstitutional seizure in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution when Officer Bullitt shot J.R. -- once in the back and once in the leg. Petitioners argue that Officer Bullitt fully complied with the local police department's newly enacted Active Shooter Response Policy ("ASRP"). Petitioners further argue that the ASRP is compatible with the traditional Fourth Amendment reasonableness requirements and that Officer Bullitts actions were thus appropriate and constitutional.

In this tournament, the United States Supreme Court will address: (1) Whether the ASRP, as applied in this case, violates the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution; and (2) Whether Officer Bullitt's actions were reasonable under the ASRP and/or the traditional Fourth Amendment reasonableness standard.

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

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