Moot Court Competition 2012

Final Results

  • Finalists: Brian Olney, for the Petitioner; Myles Couch, for the Respondents
  • Best Oral Argument: Brian Olney
  • Best Brief: Jeanne Detch and Phil Syers
    Runners-Up: Myles Couch and Mallory Sepler-King

Questions Presented

The real-life case argued during this competition: Mohamed et al. v. Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc., a lawsuit that charges a Boeing subsidiary knowingly participated in abuse of prisoners by arranging flights for the CIA to transfer prisoners to other countries for imprisonment. The ACLU filed the case on behalf of five former prisoners who say they were tortured in captivity and that Jeppesen was complicit in the alleged abuse.

Key questions:

  1. Whether the Court of Appeals sitting en banc erred in dismissing petitioners' claims under the Reynolds evidentiary privilege.
  2. Whether petitioners' suit must be dismissed under the Totten rule.

Dates and Deadlines

Friday, Nov. 25, 2011
5:00 p.m. Deadline to sign up for the competition. Register by emailing

Friday, Dec. 9, 2011
5:00 p.m. Deadline to submit brief partner choices to All participants without partners will be randomly assigned a teammate. Any participant who wishes to withdraw from the competition must also do so by this date.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011
5:00 p.m. Competition materials are emailed to each participant.

Monday, Jan. 30, 2012
5:00 p.m. Briefs due

February–March 2012
Oral arguments held:

  • Preliminary Rounds
  • Quarter-Finals
  • Semi-Finals

Friday, March 23, 2012
Final round of oral arguments

4:00—5:00 p.m.
Mark P. Robinson Jr. Courtroom


Participating Teams

  • Alexandra Alvarez, Genny Kristie
  • Betsy Bentler, Danny Moss
  • Brad Walters, Jenn Henry
  • Brian Olney, Jaclyn Stahl
  • Daniel Modafferi, Reed Grantham
  • Danila Toscano, Francisco Balderrama
  • Emma Rosenberg, Kate Wagner
  • James Yoon, Jin Soo Lee
  • Jeanne Detch, Phil Syers
  • Kevin Reyes, Nico Anwandter
  • Mallory Sepler-King, Myles Couch
  • Marissa Oxman, Mike Wasserman
  • Andrea Smith, Sunny Hwang