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Herman Moot Court Winners Announced
April 26, 2011
Contact: Barbara Peck, (614) 292-0283
Three Moritz 2Ls received top honors in the 20th Annual Herman Competition held at the Moritz College of Law. Dan Anderson was named best overall, while Gregory Homer was honored with writing the best brief, and Alejandro Abreu was commended for delivering the best oral argument.
Over 60 second-year students participated in the annual appellate advocacy competition. This year's case was Alford v. Greene, was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 1 and the decision is still pending. The case questions whether Fourth Amendment warrant requirements attach to in-school interviews of a child whom authorities suspect may be the victim of abuse at home. If Fourth Amendment rights do attach, police would need a warrant before interviewing a child about abuse allegations without parental consent.
Judges of the Herman Competition included Justices Paul Pfeifer ’66 and Yvette McGee Brown ’85 of the Supreme Court of Ohio, and Dean Alan C. Michaels.
Anderson is from Westerville, Ohio, and received his bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey. Homer, of West Valley City, Utah, earned previous degrees from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Abreu is from Queens, N.Y., and is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University.
The Herman Moot Court Competition is named after Professor Emeritus Lawrence Herman. As a moot court coach, Prof. Herman's teams won two national championships and a host of "best brief" and "best oralist" honors. In 1992 the annual moot court competition was renamed the "Herman Moot Court Competition" in honor of his many contributions.
Today the Herman Moot Court Competition is Moritz's annual appellate advocacy competition. The competition serves as a selection process for placement on the College’s moot court traveling teams through the writing of a brief and participation in oral arguments.