Advocate of the Year Competition Finals and Reception

Friday, October 18, 2013
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
USF Moot Courtroom
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Events and Lectures
Moot Court

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.

This 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.

Donald "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.

The 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. 


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