The Advocate of the Year
Competition Finals takes place on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 6:00pm. The competition will
take place in the Moot Court Room and will last approximately one hour.
Immediately following the Finals, there will be a reception in the
Rotunda of Kendrick Hall to honor the advocates and thank our distinguished
judges. The reception will include beverages and light hors d’oeuvres.
year’s Advocate of the Year problem involves the following issues: (1) whether,
and to what extent, there is a clearly established First Amendment right to
record police officers during the course of their duty; and (2) whether, and
under what circumstances, police officers may lawfully search the contents of a
cell phone incident to lawful arrest without first obtaining a search warrant
per the Fourth Amendment.
"DJ" Cespedes will be representing Petitioner, Officer Conner
Daniels. Jennifer Sta.Ana will
be representing respondent, Stephen Bell. This year’s distinguished panel
of judges includes Justice James R. Lambden of the California Court of Appeal
First Appellate District, ret., along with Judge M. Lynn Duryee of the Marin
County Superior Court, and Judge Kandis Westmore of the U.S. District Court for
the Northern District of California.
Advocate of the Year Competition is an intramural appellate advocacy
competition open to all upper division students who have completed the 1L
Spring Moot Court Program. The Advocate of the Year Competition provides an opportunity
for students to develop and showcase their oral advocacy skills.