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UCLA School of Law’s Moot Court Honors Program Hosts Second Annual Moot Court Cyber Crimes Competition

UCLA Law Students Win Top Honors


​LOS ANGELES, CA, March 16, 2013 – The Moot Court Honors Program at UCLA School of Law hosted its second annual UCLA Moot Court Cyber Crimes Competition, the first national moot court competition devoted to cyber crime issues, on March 15-16, 2013. 

Created to complement and enhance UCLA’s role in training the next generation of cyber crime experts, the event attracted distinguished judges and entrants from across the United States and Canada. “We’re very excited by the competition’s growth this year.  Recent events have consistently demonstrated that cyber crimes present some of the most important and challenging issues our attorneys and legal system will have to confront now and in the future,” said Thomas W. Holm, director of the Lawyering Skills Clinical Program at UCLA School of Law. “We’re thrilled to provide this learning opportunity in a developing and crucially important area of the law.”

The competition problem centered around two issues: (1) whether an “interception” occurs under the Wiretap Act when an individual uses a computer virus to acquire confidential log-in information stored by a victim’s web browser shortly before the information is delivered to a financial institution over the internet, and (2) whether the warrantless search of the contents stored on an arrestee’s cellular phone exceeds the permissible scope of a search incident to a lawful arrest, when there is no reason to believe that the cellular phone contains evidence of the crime or poses a threat to officer safety.  Students were vigorously challenged by these issues, which forced them to make and defend complex arguments under difficult questioning from the judges.  The competition’s judges, including Federal District Court Judge Gerald E. Rosen (Eastern District of Michigan), complimented the Moot Court Honors Board for developing such sophisticated and thoroughly researched problems. 

“All of our competitors and judges enjoyed themselves immensely and were very impressed with the weekend’s events,” said Lisa Zang, vice president of cyber crimes on the Moot Court Honors Board. “Several returning judges from last year’s competition said they felt like they had developed camaraderie around the event and were enthusiastically sharing ideas on how they could contribute to next year’s program.  This really is a great competition and I'm excited to see it continue to grow over the next few years.”

In addition to UCLA School of Law, teams from UC Davis, Chapman University, University of Colorado, Santa Clara University, Louisiana State University, and University of San Diego participated.  The overall team champions of the competition were Zack Schenkkan and Jonathan Stone of UCLA, while the team runners up award went to Ryan Kao and Liyan Zhu, also of UCLA.  The award for Best Overall Brief went to Andrew Sharp of the University of Colorado, and the award for Best Overall Oral Advocate went to Ryan Kao of UCLA.

The competition is sponsored by Norton by Symantec, which provides AntiVirus, Internet security and anti-spyware products for the home and business. The third annual UCLA Moot Court Cyber Crimes Competition is scheduled for the spring of 2014.

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