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2L Benjamin Garmoe Wins 2015 Myerowitz Competition

2015 Myerowitz Competitors and Judges, with Dean Tobin

(from l to r:) Dean Donald Tobin, Jules Szanton, Judge Hotten, Benjamin Garmoe, Judge Harris, Ashley Wetzel, Judge Hazel, and Holly Leasure.

The 2015 Myerowitz Moot Court Finals were held March 11. Representing Maryland Carey Law were 2Ls Ashley Wetzel, Bejamin Garmoe, Jules Szanton, and Holly Leasure.

The results of the competition are:

Best Oralist - Benjamin Garmoe

Runner up, Best Oralist - Ashley Wetzel

Best Brief - Sophia Jafrul

Runner up, Best Brief - Kaitlyn Leary

This year’s problem was set in the fictional state of Pawnee. The first question concerned whether the “may issue” provision of Pawnee’s Firearm Safety Protection Act violates the Second Amendment. The second question asked whether Pawnee’s Campaign Fairness Act’s Political Action Committee contribution limit, as applied to DOSPAC, violates the First Amendment.

Wetzel and Garmoe represented the petitioner, local millionaire and initial financial backer of Governor Knope Ronald Swanson. Szanton and Leasure represented the respondent, the State of Pawnee.

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

The Honorable Pamela A. Harris, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

The Honorable George J. Hazel, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

The Honorable Michele D. Hotten, Judge, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Fourth Judicial Circuit

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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