Moot Court Competition 2021

Final Argument

Monday, March 22
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Video Recording >

Final Results

Best Oralist: Aaron Johnson 

Runner-Up Oralist: Akila Shenoy 

Best Brief: Michael G. Tetreault & Jonathan Routson 

Runners Up: Kristie Kang & Samantha Wu 

Best Overall Advocate: Michael G. Tetreualt 

Question Presented

I. Does testing a key on an apartment door to ascertain a person’s residence constitute a Fourth Amendment search requiring probable cause and a warrant? 


  • The Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Honorable Robert B. Kugler, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • The Honorable Otis D. Wright II, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Mission Statement

The mission of the UCI School of Law Moot Court Board is to promote the development and refinement of students’ legal research, writing and appellate oral advocacy skills by encouraging their participation in moot court competitions. Each year, the Board organizes an intramural moot court competition that asks students to address issues from real-life cases, with the ultimate goal of preparing them for their legal careers.

    2020-2021 Moot Court Board

    The UCI Law Moot Court Board is comprised of third-year students who successfully participated in Moot Court previously. This year’s Moot Court Board consists of the following members.
  • Chris Lawrence '21, Chair

    My name is Chris, and I grew up in South Los Angeles. Before law school, I served in the United States Navy. I plan on practicing business litigation after graduation. As a first-year law student, I recall observing and being inspired by the moot court competitors who not only looked like me but competed at the highest levels of the competition. Through the moot court competition, I gained the opportunity to improve my written and oral advocacy skills. I hope to continue to inspire those who come after me, even as I am inspired by those who came before me.
  • Sharon Baek '21, Co-Vice Chair

    I’m Sharon, I grew up in Orange County, CA, and graduated from UCSB in Global Studies and French. I’m interested in learning more about the intersection between law and technology and have a deep appreciation for legal writing. Moot court has undoubtedly been a highlight of my law school experience. I enjoyed applying my legal analytical, writing, and oratory skills that I have learned in my past two years in law school. Being able to formulate and articulate my legal arguments has been an empowering experience. When I'm not doing law school things, I love being near the ocean, rock climbing, hiking, trying new recipes, and binging comedy or thriller shows.
  • Betty Kim '21, Co-Vice Chair

    My name is Betty and I grew up in Seoul, South Korea and Scottsdale, Arizona before attending Brown University to study International Relations. While I plan on practicing general litigation after graduation, I have increasingly been drawn to media law and the First Amendment. Participating in moot court showed me that being able to convince experienced attorneys and judges with my own research and voice is one of the most empowering skills I could have as an Asian American first-generation law student. Outside of moot court, you can find me walking my dog Arya, making cheese boards, or listening to crime podcasts.
  • Henry Glitz '21, Co-Director of Bench Brief

    Hi all! My name is Henry, and I’m a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I studied political science, economics, and French at the University of Pittsburgh as an undergraduate. Since starting law school, I have focused on media law and hope to litigate on behalf of journalists and news media clients after graduation. Moot court has been an important part of my law school career as a way of learning important legal writing and oral argument skills that will be invaluable in litigation in practice. Outside of classes and clubs, I spend my time reading, listening to music, and watching cheesy horror movies.
  • Christa Millard '21, Co-Director of Bench Brief

    After graduating from UCLA with a Political Science and Arabic double-major, I spent four years in commercial finance trying to convince myself not to go to law school. ("It's expensive! It's stressful! You'll be the boring girl talking about torts at every party!") Obviously, that plan didn't work out -- and here I am at UCI Law living out my childhood dream of becoming a litigator. I loved competing in UCI Law's 2020 Moot Court Competition because, simply put, it was the most fun and challenging experience I've had in law school so far. After months of hard work and preparation, I loved the rush of nerves and excitement I felt during oral argument. When I'm not drafting memos or reading case law, I'm often wine tasting, camping with friends and family, or cuddling my cat Beauregard.
  • Emily L. Abbey ‘21, Co-Director of Internal Relations

    My name is Emily and I am a 3L at UCI Law. I grew up near Richmond, Virginia and attended the College of William & Mary, where I majored in Public Policy and Hispanic Studies. After graduation, I will begin my career as a commercial litigator at a large law firm in Orange County. Moot court was a valuable and unique opportunity to practice what I learned in lawyering skills and begin developing my own voice as an advocate. I hope to facilitate an educational and enjoyable experience for all of our (virtual) competitors this year. Outside of school, you can find me watching hockey, relaxing at the beach, or enjoying a podcast.
  • Tom Collins ‘21, Co-Director of Internal Relations

    Hi! My name is Thomas Collins, one of the Directors of Internal Relations for this year's competition. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Classics and Economics. As a 3L, I intend to pursue a career in Criminal Law upon graduation, hopefully working in some sort of prosecutorial role. I joined the Moot Court Board in order to foster the strength of competition I so thoroughly enjoyed last year, while simultaneously making the process as manageable and engaging for all participants. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, playing water polo, and watching any and all sports on TV.
  • Michelle Emeterio ’21, Co-Director of Judicial Relations

    My name is Michelle Emeterio, and I came to law school as a third career. I obtained my BA in psychology from UCI, before working briefly as a counselor in a group home for emotionally disturbed adolescents. I later worked as a paraprofessional in a Los Angeles IP firm before earning my paralegal certificate and continuing as a paralegal for several more years at a franchise law firm and then at a boutique litigation firm in Orange County. My legal experience has always involved trademark law, and I will continue on that path as a licensed attorney. I also love preparing contracts, negotiating deals, and am growing increasingly interested in antitrust law. Moot Court taught me that I can think on my feet and argue persuasively. It was absolutely the best practical training I have received in law school, even as a person who does not plan to do litigation. Outside of Moot Court, you can find me learning new yoga arm balances, volunteering in my children’s classrooms, or paddling out for an occasional surf session.
  • Matthew Hallman ‘21, Co-Director of Judicial Relations

    Hello everyone! My name is Matthew and I am a Southern California native. As an undergraduate, I studied at the University of California, Irvine where I majored in political science. After graduating early and taking a few years off, I decided to return to UCI to pursue my passion for studying law. Since starting law school, I have focused primarily on intellectual property, media, sports, and entertainment law. Upon graduation I hope to pursue a career in transactional work related to my aforementioned areas of interest. Though I do not plan to pursue litigation, Moot Court has nonetheless been an important part of my law school career as it has allowed me to experience a practice area that I will likely see little of during my career. My free time is spent playing with my kitten, reading, watching sports, and doing my best at staying active!