Fordham Law

Moot Court Team Wins Championship in National Competition

November 11, 2011

Fordham Law Moot Court team members Michael A. Keough '13 and Lindsey A. Olson '13 claimed the championship at the National Criminal Procedure Tournament held in San Diego. Keough also received the Best Oralist award.
"These students showed extraordinary promise from the outset of their preparation for the competition," said Maria L. Marcus, coach to Fordham's inter-school moot court program. "They swiftly
 Michael A. Keough '13, Maria L. Marcus, Lindsey A. Olson '13
Michael A. Keough '13, Maria L. Marcus, Lindsey A. Olson '13
incorporated suggestions and continuously developed new insights. This outcome recognizes their energy and talent."

The tournament drew 44 teams from law schools around the country, including Cardozo, Boston College, University of California–Hastings, and University of Wisconsin. Scores were based on a 100-point scale; the judging criteria included the strength of arguments, knowledge of the law, speaking style, and ability to respond to the judges' questions.

Judges for the final round were Hon. Mitch Dembin, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California, John Owens, Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California, and Donald Dripps, professor of criminal procedure at the University of San Diego, the host school. In comments from judges, the Fordham Law team was praised for its knowledge of case law, presence at the podium, and understanding the nuances of questions and answering them directly.

The issues raised in competition were whether the warrantless installation of a GPS device on a suspect's car violated the Fourth Amendment and whether statements made to law enforcement officers before Miranda warnings were given fell under the public safety exception to Miranda, even if the identified threat to safety would have occurred several hours later and miles away from the interrogation.