Experian/Jones Day Moot Court Competition 2013

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Final Results

  • Finalists: Jeff Klein, for the Respondent; Lisa Petak, for the Petitioner
  • Best Oral Argument: Lisa Petak
  • Best Brief: Nick Hartmann and Nancy Rojas-Hill
    Runners-Up: (Tie) Tim Martin and Sirena Wu and Lisa Petak and Evan Sippel

Questions Presented

The real-life case argued during this competition: United States v. Trunk, a lawsuit charging that the 29-foot-tall, 12-foot-wide Latin cross at the center of the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego violates the Establishment Clause.

Key questions:

  1. Do the complainants have standing to challenge the cross?
  2. Does the cross violate the Establishment Clause?

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Dates and Deadlines

  • Final Argument: April 5, 3:00 p.m.
    UCI Student Center - Crystal Cove Ballroom
  • Semi-Finals: March 26
    Semi-finalists:
    • Adam Barry
    • Nick Hartmann
    • Jeff Klein
    • Lisa Petak
  • Quarter Finals: March 19 to 20
    Quarter-finalists:
    • Adam Barry
    • Andrew Benard
    • Nick Hartmann
    • Darren Kerstein
    • Jeff Klein
    • Lisa Petak
    • Nancy Rojas-Hill
    • Evan Sippel
  • Review Week: March 4 to 8
  • Round 2: February 25 to March 2
  • Round 1: February 19 to 23
  • Practice Arguments: February 9 and 10
  • Briefs Due: Friday, February 1, at 3 p.m.

Participating Teams

  • Jeffrey D. Klein, Lauren Gruber
  • Corey Lovato, Lauren McKay
  • Adriana Nunez, Kelly Suk
  • Nancy Rojas-Hill, Nick Hartmann
  • Andy Smith, Brooke Weitzman
  • Lisa Petak, Evan Sippel
  • Adam Barry, Darren Kerstien
  • Sirena Wu, Tim Martin
  • Sahar Naseery, Erna Mamikonyan
  • Dan Schieffer, Dexter Rappleye
  • Kevin Chi, Katie Pierucci
  • Leanna Costantini, Andrew Benard
  • Al Trudeau, Nicholas George
  • Jacob Barak, Amy Meier
  • Nick Stephens, Casey Reagan
  • Hank Hymanson, Andrew Kantor