Charleston School of Law Fifth Annual Moot Court Competition

     This past week, the Charleston School of Law sponsored its fifth annual National Moot Court Competition.  The problem involved the warrantless placement of a GPS tracking device on a vehicle.  The student teams argued  whether this placement violated a defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights.   The fact pattern mirrored the facts found in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Jones.

According to a press release drafted by Andy Brack,  “Florida State University College of Law students Alexandra Haddad and Elliott Smith were named team champion….This year, the Florida State team bested 22 other teams from the 14 schools that took part in the competition.  Smith also was named the Best Oralist, or contestant with the best oral presentation in the championship round before a group of judges.  Runner-up in the 23-team contest was the two-person team from Florida Coastal School of Law:  Michael Hopkins and Lance Davies.  Other honorees are:

Best Petitioner’s Brief:  Team S- Massachusetts (Team 2)- Matthew Bingham and Christine Brigham

Best Respondent’s Brief:  Team U- Mercer (Team 2)- Sheri Bagheri and Greg Johnson; Team K- Seton Hall- Nicole Fisher and Emily Arble

Best Oralist Preliminary Rounds:  Michael Stack- Florida Coastal (Team 2)

Professionalism:  Team H- Liberty- Renee Smith and Anna Bowen

Semi-Finalists:  Team J- DePaul- Erik Nelson and James Maruna; Team S- Massachusetts (Team 2)- Matthew Bingham and Christine Brigham

Quarter-Finalists:  Team E- William & Mary- Thomas Ports and James Dougherty; Team D- Florida Coastal (Team 2)- Hali Herbert and Michael Stack; Team M- Lincoln Memorial (Duncan School of Law) (Team 2)- Tiffany Starr Smith and Patrick Slaughter; Team T- Mercer (Team 1)- Natasha Crawford and Jared Jacobs.”

“This weekend’s fifth successful national moot court competition in constitutional law again demonstrates that our Charleston School of Law enjoys a national reputation, said Associate Professor and moot court advisor Miller Shealy.  “This year we attracted 14 teams of students from as far away as Chicago and Maine.  Not only is our competition good for the school, but Charleston gets great exposure — and business — too!”

About Lisa Smith-Butler

Associate Professor of Law Charleston School of Law 385 Meeting St., Suite 322B Charleston, S.C. 29403 843.377.2144
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