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Advocate of the year competition 2007

Advocate of the Year Competition2007

Arrive early?

Take a memo and a problem and sign in.

Available on the website www usfca edu org mootcourt
Available on the

  • Brief Template & Instructions

  • Meeting Memo

  • This PowerPoint Presentation


  • Introduction

  • The Problem

  • Important Dates

  • The Brief – Instructions & Tips

  • Oral Arguments – Instructions & Tips

  • Final Notes

  • Questions


Moot Court Board 2007-2008

  • Matthew Poole – Executive Director

  • Stephanie Chen – Advocacy Director


  • Danielle Tizol – Managing Director

  • Erin Schietinger – Topics Director

  • Jennifer Frost – Topics Director

The problem facts
The Problem - Facts

  • Crim Pro topic

  • Appeal to the Supreme Court

  • James Murphy is arrested for talking on his cell while driving, without a hands-free

  • Convicted of mail theft and drug possession after a search of his car incident to arrest

  • Moves to suppress evidence on the grounds that when an arrestee is cuffed in the back of the squad car, his vehicle should only be searched if there is reason to believe further evidence of his offense will be found inside

Procedural posture
Procedural Posture

  • Motion to suppress was denied.

  • Petitioner appealed, Fourteenth Circuit agreed with Petitioner’s reasoning but was bound under Thornton to uphold District Court ruling.

  • Supreme Court granted cert.

Important dates
Important Dates

  • Brief Drop Off

    • Tuesday, Sept. 18th

    • 9 am–11 am, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm

  • First Round of Oral Arguments

    • Either Saturday, September 29thor Sunday, October 1st

  • Quarterfinals and Semifinals

    • Saturday, October 6th

  • Final Round

    • Friday, October 19th @ 6:00 pm

The brief
The Brief

  • Format – same as 1L Moot Court brief

  • You choose the side

    • You will argue both sides during the first round of oral arguments

  • 16-20 pages

    • Nothing after 20 will be read

  • Blue cover for Petitioners / Red for Respondents (card stock)

  • Name on cover page

The brief turn in
The Brief – Turn In

  • 3 copies due Tuesday, Sept. 18th

    • 9 am–11 am and 5:30 pm–6:30 pm

  • Moot Court Office, Zief 2

    • Lower level next to TV lounge

  • You must turn it in and sign it in yourself


Oral arguments1
Oral Arguments

  • Rules for advancing will be posted on Moot Court Bulletin Board & on Moot Court Office door

  • Oral Arguments follow same format as 1L Moot Court

Some final notes
Some Final Notes

  • Use Statement of the Case as a starting point

  • Note the sole issue on appeal (footnotes 2 &3)

  • No cases after 9/1/07

Some final notes1
Some Final Notes

  • Good faith effort, but keep in mind:

    • Judges are USF Alumni. They’re giving up a day of their weekend for a good show, so give it to them.

    • They also might work for a firm you’re interviewing with.

    • Personal pride.

Some final notes2
Some Final Notes

  • Work in Groups

    • You may work with buddies, but you must write your own brief

    • After turning in your brief, share them with someone from the other side

    • Brainstorm potential questions, refine arguments

Some final notes3
Some Final Notes

  • Be prepared to argue both sides

  • Practice

  • Practice

  • Then practice some more

Finally remember what you re getting out of it
Finally… Remember What You’re Getting Out of It

  • Resume Builder

  • Possible Writing Sample

  • Oral Advocacy Experience

  • Awards Given to Best Brief and Advocate of the Year

  • $$$ - $500 Gift Certificates to BARBRI for Best Brief / Advocate of the Year award recipients

  • Good times

Ready set go
Ready, Set, Go.

  • Be sure you’ve signed in before you leave

  • Check bulletin board / website for changes, postings, updates

  • Questions? Stick around.