USD School of Law Appellate Moot Court Board Virtually Hosts 32nd Annual National Criminal Procedure Tournament

USD Appellate Moot Court Board Virtually Hosts 32nd Annual National Criminal Procedure Tournament

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SAN DIEGO (January 13, 2021) – The University of San Diego School of Law Appellate Moot Court Board hosted the National Criminal Procedure Tournament virtually November 6-8. The 32nd annual event, which hosted 30 teams, was the first time the event showcased student talent in a completely online format. After submitting a written brief earlier in the fall, the competition's live portion allowed students to practice their oral argument skills in a simulated environment in front of advanced legal professionals.

Since USD students were hosting the event, they did not compete, but the Appellate Moot Court Board received praise for their organized event coordination culminating in a well-run tournament. Congratulations to this year's team tournament winners from Fordham University School of Law and all the schools that competed so well, including Boston College Law School, UC Hastings College of the Law, and the University of Houston Law Center. 

USD School of Law student Krishna Hammond (3L) developed this year's tournament problem, which focused on the admissibility of statements before and after the Miranda warning in a hypothetical case involving a journalist accused of felony theft during an event of civil unrest. The student competitors had many ambiguities to work through in the case since various law enforcement levels interrogated the defendant during the initial inquiry. At this level of the competition, the teams are expected to skillfully argue both sides of the issue and prepare for arguments against elements in their case logic. While many groups had a good command of the case facts and did well during argumentation, the Fordham team secured the top honor with their oral argument skills and a thorough ability to both interpret and communicate some of the more challenging legal aspects of the case. 

About the USD Appellate Moot Court

The USD Appellate Moot Court is comprised of 2Ls and 3Ls who have an opportunity to compete in tournaments, both intramural and national, and host tournaments as part of the executive board. 1Ls are invited to become involved by serving as tournament bailiffs and applying to join the associate board during their 2L year.

To learn more about the USD Appellate Moot Court, please click here.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 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 law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 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 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year 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, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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