2013 National Criminal Procedure Tournament Results Announced

San Diego (November 14, 2013) – Today the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law announced the winners of the 25th Annual National Criminal Procedure Tournament, held November 7-10, 2013 at the Superior Court in downtown San Diego.

"We congratulate all competitors who worked tirelessly to research legal issues, write appellate briefs, and practice oral arguments in preparation for the tournament,” said USD Appellate Moot Court Board Chair Lori Chiu. “The 2013 National Criminal Procedure Tournament was extremely competitive. Many of the competing teams were among the top moot court programs in the nation."

Faculty Advisor, Professor Alastair Agcaoili said, “Even though our students do not compete, we are proud to host this tournament each year because it showcases key skills to which every member of our profession should aspire. These skills include effective legal research and writing, zealous yet ethical advocacy, and cogent reasoned analysis on legal issues that touch our lives in ways great and small."

Thirty-six teams of second- and third-year students from 23 different law schools across the country competed in the 25th annual moot court tournament. A full list of participating schools and top honors are listed below.

The 2013 tournament focused on several criminal procedure issues raised in the fictional United States Supreme Court case of Daniel Vasquez v. United States of America. This year's problem examined whether a police officer may enter and search a residence under the community caretaking doctrine, whether a team of communicating police officers may aggregate knowledge to form probable cause, and whether law enforcement may track a vehicle for several months using a system of automated license plate scanners.

The final round was held at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at USD on November 10th. Presiding over the final round were: Judge David Danielson, Superior Court of California, San Diego; Laura Duffy, United States Attorney for the Southern District of California; and Carol Lam, senior vice president and deputy general counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated.

"We would especially like to thank the San Diego legal community for helping us make this tournament such a success,” said Chiu. “Thank you to all the student members 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 attorneys 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."

Top Awards

  • The University of Wisconsin Law School team of Grant Turpin and Kaitlin Kelly earned the top ranking in the moot court tournament.
  • Joseph Gardner from Florida State University College of Law received the “Best Oralist” award, the competition’s highest individual honor.
  • The University of Alabama School of Law team of Austin Smith and Mackenzie Lund won “Best Petitioner’s Brief,” and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law team of Andrew Emhardt and Shea Thompson tied with Jackie Palacios and Yvonne Ruiz, of Thomas Jefferson School of Law for the “Best Respondent’s Brief” award.

Overall Results

  • 1st Place: Grant Turpin and Kaitlin Kelly, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 2nd Place: Tyler Silvey and Patrick Brown, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • 3rd Place: Jamie Godsey and Ryan Cantu, South Texas College of Law
  • 4th Place: Sarah Kurish and Joseph Gardner, Florida State University College of Law

Oralists Awards

  • 1st Place: Joseph Gardner, Florida State University College of Law
  • 2nd Place: Robert Cashen, University of California Hastings College of the Law
  • 3rd Place: David Moreshead, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • 4th Place: Nathaniel Koslof, Boston College Law School
  • 5th Place: Abraham Rubert-Schewel, University of Miami School of Law
  • 6th Place (tie): Shaina Schwartz, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    6th Place (tie): Rachel Lieberstein, University of California Hastings College of the Law
  • 8th Place: Michael Hewitt, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • 9th Place: Sara Buxton, University of La Verne College of Law
  • 10th Place: Kristyn Lee, Loyola New Orleans College of Law

Best Petitioner Brief Awards

  • 1st Place: Austin Smith and Mackenzie Lund, University of Alabama School of Law (Team 13)
  • 2nd Place: Tyler Silvey and Patrick Brown, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (Team 29)
  • 3rd Place: Sarah Kurish and Joseph Gardner, Florida State University College of Law (Team 7)
  • 4th Place: Sean Brazil and Kristyn Lee, Loyola New Orleans College of Law (Team 17)
  • 5th Place: Grant Turpin and Kaitlin Kelly, University of Wisconsin Law School (Team 15)

Best Respondent Brief Awards

  • 1st Place (tie): Andrew Emhardt and Shea Thompson, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (Team 4)
    1st Place (tie): Jackie Palacios and Yvonne Ruiz, Thomas Jefferson School of Law (Team 20)
  • 3rd Place: Alexandra Lange and Melissa Morales, Michigan State University College of Law (Team 28)
  • 4th Place: Travis Chance and Raymond Sugarman, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (Team 30)
  • 5th Place: Michael Hodge and Sam Dolan, South Texas College of Law (Team 2)

Participating Law Schools at the 2013 National Criminal Procedure Tournament

  • Baylor University School of Law
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Boston College Law School
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • Fordham University School of Law
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Loyola New Orleans College of Law
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • SMU Dedman School of Law
  • South Texas College of Law
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • University of Alabama School of Law
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law
  • University of California Hastings College of the Law
  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • University of West Los Angeles
  • University of Wisconsin Law School

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 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

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 law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). 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.

Contact:

Assistant Director of Advocacy Programs Haley Shumaker
hshumaker@sandiego.edu