The William Hughes Mulligan Memorial Moot Court Competition is held in honor of William Hughes Mulligan, revered Dean of Fordham Law School and distinguished jurist on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The Mulligan Competition is the first of two annual competitions held to determine which students will compose the Fordham Moot Court Board for the upcoming year. The competition is judged on the basis of excellence in legal writing and oral advocacy skills. This year, approximately two hundred students briefed and argued two constitutional criminal law issues in the first every all-virtual Mulligan Competition. The questions presented were (1) whether the Fourth Amendment permits law enforcement to search an RV when one physically present co-occupant with authority consents, and the other physically present co-occupant with authority objects, and (2) whether compelling a defendant to decrypt spreadsheets violates the defendant’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The Moot Court Board would like to thank Judge Richard Sullivan, Judge Vincent Briccetti, and Judge Christopher Ray for judging the final round of the 2020 Mulligan Competition.
Mulligan 2020 Finalists