Jamie Paine, Kimberly Dixon, former professor and competition namesake Richard A. Lord, N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul M. Newby,
former N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice and former Campbell Law dean Willis P. Whichard, and Amanda Bryan and Caitlin Goforth (left-to-right)
RALEIGH, N.C. - Campbell Law School’s Old Kivett Advocacy Council (OKAC) hosted the 2013 Richard A. Lord Moot Court Competition, Sept. 25-28, at the law school. One hundred second-year students and approximately 200 guest judges participated in the competition.
This year’s problem involved a Fourth Amendment warrantless search and seizure of a defendant’s smartphone after he was booked and questioned. Defendant Brad Daniels was arrested subsequent to a drug transaction with another individual. After an hour of questioning, the police retrieved Daniels’ iPhone, which was booked according to standard procedures, and read an email on the phone indicating Daniels was prepared to sell the purchased cocaine. The officer showed the email to Daniels, who then confessed to possession with the intent to distribute. On appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States, the competitors argued two issues: whether the government may rely on the “search incident to arrest” exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement in searches of smartphones and other similar electronic devices; and whether it is proper to impose limitations on the scope of governmental searches of smartphones, and if so, what that scope should be.
The final round was judged by former Campbell Law professor and competition namesake Richard A. Lord, alongside N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Newby, and former N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice and former Campbell Law dean Willis P. Whichard.
Kimberly Dixon and Jamie Paine were named winners of the competition, while Amanda Bryan and Caitlin Goforth also served as finalists. Emily Pappas and Patrick Kuchyt collected the Best Brief Award, while Lauren Suber won both Best Oralist and the Rick Edmundson Award.
Comprised of 10 third-year and second-year students, the OKAC annually organizes the Richard A. Lord Intramural Moot Court Competition, the Campbell Law Negotiation Intramural Competition, and the Richard T. Bowser Intramural Client Counseling Competition.
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