The 2016 Myerowitz Moot Court Finals were held March 9. Competing were 2Ls Jennifer Auger, Joshua Carback, David Maher, and Linda Morris.
The results of the competition are:
Best Oralist – Jennifer Auger
Runner up, Best Oralist - David Maher
Best Brief - Linda Morris
Runner up, Best Brief - David Maher
Pictured L to R: Finalist Josh Carback, Judge Ashford, Best Brief Winner Linda Morris, Judge Niemeyer, Best Oralist Jennifer Auger, Marc DeSimone, Runner-Up Oralist and Brief David Maher
This year’s problem was set in the fictional state of Chesapeake, in the town of Starr’s Hollow. The first issue was whether the Starr’s Hollow Public Safety Act, which made “any speech that expresses a serious desire to unlawfully injure” a police officer an aggravated misdemeanor, violated the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The second issue was whether police use of cell site location information without a search warrant violated the Fourth Amendment.
The panel of judges presiding over this year’s final round included:
The Hon. Tamara W. Ashford, Judge, U.S. Tax Court
Marc A. DeSimone, Jr., Assistant Public Defender, Appellate Division, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
The Hon. Paul V. Niemeyer, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth 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 Maryland Carey Law and is attended by the Myerowitz family every year.