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Calvert Intra-School Moot Court Competition

The Calvert Moot Court Competition is hosted by the BOA. This competition helps the students identify how the Constitution affects modern every day life. Each year the topic and issues cover a constitutional law problem that is currently being litigated in the courts. Participation in this competition is completely voluntary and open to all OU College of Law second and third year students. The participants in the Calvert Competition do not write a brief, but instead rely on the actual briefs written by the attorneys arguing the case in court. From these briefs the participants prepare and present arguments on both sides of each issue.

2010 Calvert Winners
2010 Calvert Winners James Donovan and Clint Claypole with 2010 Competitions Coordinator Georgeann Roye and Professor Smothermon.

Calvert Rules (PDF, opens in new window)

Calvert Flyer (PDF, opens in new window)

Problem:

  • 2011 Problem
    • Case: United States v. Jones
    • Issues:
        (1) Did the warrantless use of a tracking device on Jones's vehicle to monitor its movements on public streets violate the Fourth Amendment?

        (2) Did the government commit an illegal seizure by installing the tracking device without a valid warrant and without Jones's consent?
    • 2011 Participating Students: Check the forum on the student intranet to retrieve the Petitioner and Respondent briefs for this year's Calvert Competition.

Past Issues

  • 2010 Problem
    • Case: Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Assn.
    • Issues:
      • Does the First Amendment bar a state from restricting the sale of violent video games to minors?
      • If the First Amendment applies to violent video games that are sold to minors, and the standard of review is strict scrutiny, under Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. F.C.C., 512 U.S. 622, 666 (1994), is the state required to demonstrate a direct causal link between violent video games and physical and psychological harm to minors before the state can prohibit the sale of the games to minors?
    • 2010 Participating Students: Click here (opens in new window) for a link to the ABA Website to retrieve the Petitioner and Respondent briefs for this year's Calvert Competition.
  • 2009 Problem
    • Cases: Sullivan v. Florida and Graham v. Florida
    • Issues:
      • Does the Eighth & Fourteenth Amendment ban on Cruel and Unusual Punishment require a categorical prohibition on life sentences without possibility of parole for crimes committed by juveniles?
      • Does the Eighth & Fourteenth Amendment ban on Cruel and Unusual Punishment require a prohibition on such sentences for non--homicides committed by juveniles?
  • 2008 Problem
    • Case: Pleasant Grove City v. Summum
    • Issues:
      • Whether Summum has the right to erect a monument in a park as part of it's freedom of speech.
      • Whether a park that displays monuments donated from public organizations constitutes a public forum.