In a round that all seven justices commented was one of the best appellate moot court competition rounds they had judged, Corey Holton and Sam Dart have been named winners of this year’s 2013 Linden Cup competition. The decision among the judges was split between the Holton and Dart, both second year law students, and Alexis Klempel and Preston McCollam, both third year law students, who were named runners-up.
A Competitive Round
This year’s Linden Cup topic addressed two questions: if the warantless use of a GPS device for prolonged surveillance is an unreasonable “search” under the Fourth Amendment, and if imposing a sentence, including conditions of probation, is a judicial function that may not be delegated. Students are judged on their ability to present the appellate arguments and general courtroom presence.
“It is difficult to offer much critique to the competitors, because all four of you did a great job. In real-life oral arguments, it is often easy to tell who comes out on top, and that was very tough to do today,” commented Justice Beth Baker, who serves on the Montana Supreme Court.
“Most years I have a lot of critique, and today I don’t,” commented Justice Mary Fairhurst, former Linden Cup winner and Gonzaga Law alumna. “All four of [the competitors] were excellent!”
Preparing For The Future
“A few days ago, I was talking with some former students that were the 1997 winners of the Linden Cup,” said Justice Debra Stephens, also a Gonzaga Law alumna, “and they said that this competition is one of the best preparations for the work they currently do as lawyers.”
The competition asks students to think on their feet as they will need to do while practicing lawyers, and this year’s judging panel expressed in their critiques that all four competitors will likely excel at this.
“All four of you will be great lawyers. This is a great school, and the best thing that comes out of it are good lawyers,” commented Justice Warren Jones, of the Idaho Supreme Court.
Gonzaga Law’s Intramural Moot Court
The 2013 Linden Cup was the 78th annual intramural moot court competition at Gonzaga Law. The competition was named in honor of Father James Linden, S.J., who founded the “legal argument competition” that has developed into Linden Cup. This year, 42 students participated in the competition, which has been holding preliminary rounds over the last few weeks. Professor Sandra Simpson, faculty adviser for the competition, commented that “this is the first year we have completely turned the competition over to students. For all practical purposes, they ran everything, and I couldn’t be more proud.”
This year’s final round was judged by:
Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, of the Washington State Supreme Court
Justice Beth Baker, of the Montana State Supreme Court
Justice Mary Fairhurst, of the Washington State Supreme Court
Justice Warren Jones, of the Idaho State Supreme Court
Justice Susan Owens, of the Washington State Supreme Court
Justice Debra Stephens, of the Washington State Supreme Court
Justice Charles Wiggins, of the Washington State Supreme Court