The 2017 Myerowitz Moot Court Finals were held March 15. Finalists competing in oral arguments were 2Ls P.J. Artese, Michael LaRocca, Catherine McGrath and Marysia Pomorski. Top brief submissions included 2Ls Matthew Schofield and Jonathan Tincher.
The results of the competition are:
Best Oralist - Marysia Pomorski
Runner up, Best Oralist - Catherine McGrath
Best Brief - Matthew Schofield
Runner up, Best Brief - Jonathan Tincher
Pictured L to R: Judge Getty, Best Oralist winner Marysia Pomorski, Judge Motz, Best Brief winner Matthew Schofield, and Judge Greene.
This year’s problem was set in the fictional Commonwealth of Nat, where reports of a local high school’s student societies engaging in hazing practices led to a crackdown by school adminstration. The first issue was whether a school administrator violates a student’s Fourth Amendment rights by searching the student’s belongings alongside a uniformed police officer when the administrator only has reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct. Secondly, participants argued whether the First Amendment requires a qualified reporter’s privilege.
The panel of judges presiding over this year’s final round included:
Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Hon. Clayton Greene Jr., Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals
Hon. Joseph M. Getty, Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals
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.