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Doug Sampson 2L Wins 2014 Myerowitz



From left to right: Christopher Chaulk, The Hon. Jenny Rivera, Susan Schipper, The Hon. Theodore McKee, Dean Phoebe Haddon, Doug Sampson, The Hon. Deborah Chasanow, and Cody Mason.

The 2014 Myerowitz Moot Court Finals were held March 12. Representing UM Carey Law were 2Ls Christopher Chaulk, Cody Mason, Doug Sampson and Susan Schipper.

The results of the competition are:

Doug Sampson– Best Oralist

Susan Schipper—Runner up, Best Oralist

Emily Bolyard--Best Brief

Connie Lee—Runner up, Best Brief

This year’s problem was set in the fictional state of Eldorado. The first issue concerned whether a new state law requiring hookah retailers to post signs about the health risks of smoking hookah violated their First Amendment rights.  The second issue asked whether the Fifth Amendment requires heightened scrutiny when a state asserts its right of eminent domain to acquire property that will convey a benefit to a specific private party.

Chaulk and Mason represented the petitioner, hookah merchant Frank Richard. Sampson and Schipper represented the respondent, the State of Eldorado.

A panel of judges presided over this year’s final round:

The Honorable Deborah K. Chasanow ’74, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

The Honorable Theodore A. McKee, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

The Honorable Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, State of New York

The first Myerowitz Competition was held in 1971, through the generosity of the Myerowitz family. The competition is named in honor of Morris Brown Myerowitz, a 1968 graduate of the School of Law who died tragically in a car accident shortly after graduation. Members of the Myerowitz family created the competition as a lasting memorial to Mr. Myerowitz’s sharp intellect, academic success, and zest for life. The event has become one of the most significant at the School of Law and is attended by the Myerowitz family every year.


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