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Moot Court Honor Society Completes in San Francisco

Published: March 03, 2013
Moot Court Honor Society SF
Paul Hefley, Emily Shank, Danielle Gilbert, Professor Paul Spiegelman, Kimberly Roth, RuthAnne Bergt, and Geoffrey Abram

TJSL’s Moot Court Honor Society recently sent two teams to compete in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition. The prestigious competition was held February 28 - March 2 at the Federal Courthouse in downtown San Francisco. 

The two teams received the competition problem in November and diligently worked on their briefs and oral arguments through winter break and the first half of this semester.

This year’s competition problem was regarding false arrest, maliciousprosecution, and the 4th Amendment.  Specifically the issues were (1) whether there should be a threshold condition to qualified immunity protection for police officers, and (2) whether omitting key evidence

from a grand jury taints their deliberations, thus making them no longer an independent determiner of probable cause.

Our two teams won four out of their first six rounds of competition and had briefs scoring in the top 25%!  One team made it to the semi-final regional round, but was knocked out of the competition by USC Gould (who went on to be regional champions).  Overall, this was the strongest showing by TJSL in years.

Please congratulate our students for their dedication, hard work, and excellent representation of our school!