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Annual Prince Competition Announces Best Brief Winners


The Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society has announced the winners of Best Brief for the 35th Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition.

Best Brief: University of South Dakota School of Law (Team 8)
Best Brief, Runner Up: Duquesne University School of Law (Team 12)
Third Place Best Brief: UCLA School of Law (Team 35)

The competition draws teams from 36 law schools, with each team assigned a number so they compete anonymously. The oral argument portion of the annual competition, which was scheduled to take place at the Law School March 26-28, was not held in person this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Competition provides law students from across the nation the opportunity to write and argue an appellate brief that addresses evidentiary issues in a contemporary context. This year’s Prince Competition problem focused on three distinct complex Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues related to a hypothetical criminal case, United States v. Stephanie Silver. In the problem, the United States charged Defendant Stephanie Silver with conspiracy to bomb a place of public use and attempt to bomb a place of public use, stemming from an incident in which a bomb partially detonated in the Boerum Municipal Fountain in the Joralemon Historical Village during the Boerum Street Fair.

“While it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t be together to showcase oral arguments and celebrate everyone’s hard work, I’d like to thank all competitors and coaches for the time and effort spent drafting the briefs and preparing for oral arguments,” said Sarah Adams ’20, 2020 Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition Coordinator. “The Moot Court Honor Society very much looks forward to next year’s competition.”

The Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition is named in honor of the late Jerome Prince, renowned evidence scholar, teacher, and author of Prince on Evidence, who served as Dean of Brooklyn Law School from 1953 to 1971. The competition is hosted at the Law School each spring by the Moot Court Honor Society.