Elia Robertson and Peter Johnsen, students at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, won “best brief” honors in the 25th Annual National First Amendment Moot Court competition, conducted by Vanderbilt University Law School and the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center.
The competition problem was a hypothetical First Amendment case in which public high school officials banned students from displaying stickers containing the phrase “Screw Hate, Don’t Discriminate” as part of an ongoing protest over LGBT rights.
Runner-up for “Best Brief” was the team from St. John’s University School of Law (Danielle O’Boyle and Jason Birriel). Tied for third place in final scoring for “Best Brief” were teams from South Texas College of Law (Jeremy Dunbar and Katrisha Shirley) and University of Southern California Gould School of Law (Cody Schvaneveldt and Harper Gernet-Girard).
Teams with briefs selected for “honorable mention” included American University Washington College of Law, Cornell Law School, Michigan Law School, University of Connecticut School of Law, University of Georgia School of Law and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
This year’s competition was limited to the teams’ written briefs when severe winter weather forced cancellation of the oral argument portion of the 2015 competition, set for Feb. 19-20. Judging of the briefs was conducted by the Vanderbilt University Law School’s Moot Court Board, in partnership with the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center.