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

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

Date and Time

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

This event occurred in the past

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.


Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom

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 long time family friend, attorney and naval officer, Paul A. McLennon, Sr. 

Esteemed Judges

Hon. M. Margaret McKeown
Hon. Alison Goddard
Hon. Victor Torres

Final Round Competition - 5:30 p.m. 
Awards Event (by invitation only)- 7:00 p.m. 

Case Before the Court

Christopher Bean, Warden of Fremont State Prison, v. Granger DeLuca

Granger DeLuca was convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon and fraudulent use of a credit card, and sentenced to 10 years in Fremont State Prison. After trial, Mr. DeLuca discovered three pieces of evidence that the prosecution failed to disclose during his trial: (1) an email where rookie Police Officer Johnson expressed concerns to Chief Investigator Monroe about the prosecution's star witness, (2) a note written by Chief Investigator Monroe regarding the disbarment of the prosecution's star witness, and (3) a recorded conversation between the victim and Chief Investigator Monroe where the victim was questioned about her memory issues and past drug and alcohol use. Mr. DeLuca filed a petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in federal court claiming that Petitioner violated his right to due process by failing to disclose three pieces of material evidence under Brady v. Maryland. The two issues before the United States Supreme Court are (1) whether inadmissible evidence may be considered as Brady evidence under Wood v. Bartholomew and (2) whether the three pieces of undisclosed evidence are considered "material" under Brady v. Maryland.

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