March 09, 2021

2020-2021 Winners 13th Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

Winners of the 2020-21 Moot Court Competition

Congratulations To The 2020-21 Winners!

  • Best Oralist: Logan Kirkpatrick, University of Chicago
  • Winning Team: Tiffany Keung & Apratim
    Vidyarthi
    , University of Pennsylvania Law School 
  • Best Brief: Apratim Vidyarthi & Tiffany Keung, University of Pennsylvania Law School 

Past Diversity Moot Court Winners

Best Oralist: Logan Kirkpatrick, University of Chicago

Logan Kirkpatrick is a first-year student at the University of Chicago Law School. He graduated from Duke University in 2018 and spent two years working at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and Levy Firestone Muse LLP. This summer, Logan will be interning with the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.

Logan Kirkpatrick

Logan Kirkpatrick

2021 First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition.

Winning Team and Best Brief:  Tiffany Keung, University of Pennsylvania Law School 

Tiffany is a 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School who is interested in litigation and technology law. Along with the ABA Media Law Moot Court Competition, she competes internationally on the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court team and is involved with PennLaw's APALSA and the First Generation Professionals group. Tiffany was a summer associate with Blank Rome's D.C. office during her 1L summer, has externed with the FCC and the Honorable Robin M. Meriweather of the D.C. District Court, and will be spending her 2L summer with Williams & Connolly. Before law school, Tiffany graduated from Brown University and worked for a telecommunications consulting firm and a legaltech/data science startup, spurring her interest in technology policy. 

Tiffany Keung

Tiffany Keung

2021 First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition.

Winning Team and Best Brief:  Apratim Vidyarthi, University of Pennsylvania Law School 

Apratim is a 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is interested in technology law, and First and Fourth Amendment appellate litigation. At law school, Apratim is involved in scholarship on privacy, social media, and surveillance. He is also a board member of Law Review and an editor on the Journal of Law and Innovation, and a board member of American Constitution Society, the South Asian Law Students Association, the STEM club, and the Democracy Law Pro Bono Project. Apratim spent his 1L summer at Hogan Lovells, and will spend his 2L summer at Gibson Dunn and Hogan Lovells in New York. Prior to law school, Apratim worked as a technology consultant at Deloitte, and earned a graduate degree in engineering management from Carnegie Mellon, as well as bachelors degrees in nuclear engineering and applied mathematics from UC Berkeley. Outside of law school, Apratim enjoys doing stand up comedy, playing tennis, boxing, and baking.

Apratim Vidyarthi

Apratim Vidyarthi

2021 First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition.

Recipients of the Carolyn Forrest Moot Court Recoginition of Achievement

Congratulations to the recipients of this recognition! 

  • Logan Kirkpatrick,  University of Chicago (see bio above)
  • Emory Powers, University of Houston

Emory Powers, University of Houston

Emory Powers is a 2L at the University of Houston Law Center. He graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s in radio-television-film and continues pursuing his interest media while in law school. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important values that Mr. Powers hopes to promote within the legal field. He currently serves as a member of the Houston Journal of International Law, incoming executive chair for the Blakely Moot Court Team, Associate Justice on the Student Government Supreme Court, and board member for the Trans Legal Aid Clinic Houston.

Emory Powers

Emory Powers

2021 First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition.

2020-2021 Acknowledgements

The Forum is thankful for all of our volunteers who help us each year. 

Diveristy Moot Court Committee Co-Chairs

  • Frank LoMonte, Professor and Director, The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
  • Esther Clovis, Associate, Holland & Knight, LLP
  • Al-Amyn Sumar,  Counsel, New York Times

Committee Members

Distinguished Jurists

The Committee would like to thank the distinguished jurists who judged the final found of oral arguments:

  • Judge James E. Graves Jr., Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Judge James C. Ho, Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Semi-Final Judges

The Committee would also like to thank the following attorneys for judging the as semi-final round of oral arguments:

Abigail Everdell, Davis Wright Tremaine

Alex Buchanan, Waller

Ally Settelmayer, New York Times

Andrea Cunha, Waller

Brian Barrett, Associated Press

Bruce Johnson, Davis Wright Tremaine

Charles Prueter, Waller

Chelsea Kelly, Davis Wright Tremaine

Chris Reed, Fox Corporation

Christa Westerberg, Pines Bach

Craig Linder, Dow Jones

Cynthia Gierhart, Holland and Knight

David Schulz, Yale University

Deanna Shullman, Shullman Fugate

Ed Larkin, GateHouse Media

Elizabeth Schilken, Ballard Spahr

Eric Scalzo, Waller

Flynne Dowdy, Waller

Gabe Rottman, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

George Freeman, Media Law Resource Center

Jacob Goldstein, Dow Jones

James Lake, Thomas and LoCicero

James McFall, Jackson Walker

Jason Gerson, The Atlantic

Jeff Hermes, Media Law Resource Center

Jennifer Dukarski, Butzel Long

Jim Rosenfeld, Davis Wright and Tremaine

Joe Slaughter, Ballard Spahr

Josef Ghosen, Gordon & Rees

Joseph Tomain, Maurer School of Law

JT Morris, JT Morris Law

Kaitlin Gurney, Ballard Spahr

Katherine Keating, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Katherine Larsen, Thomson Reuters

Kathleen Cullinan, Apple, Inc.

Kristen Rasmussen, Baker Hostetler

Lesli Gaither, Kilpatrick Townsend

Leslie Pedernales, Moore & Van Allen

Lyndsey Wajert, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University

Mara Gassman, Ballard Spahr

Matt Gornick, Waller

Matt Greenfield, The Hearst Corporation

Matt Thornton, Ballard Spahr

Max Mishkin, Ballard Spahr

Michael Beder, George Washington University

Michael Lambert, Prince Lobel

Natalie Harris, Baron Harris Healy

Pamela Marsh, First Amendment Foundation

Paul McAdoo, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Paul Safier, Ballard Spahr

Peter Canfield, Jones Day

Peter Keegan

Tali Leinwand, Jenner & Block

Thomas Leatherbury, Vinson & Elkins

Hypothetical Writer

The Committee would also like to thank:

Frank LoMonte with the University of Florida’s Brechner Center for Freedom of Information for drafting the hypothetical for the 2020-21 competition.

Courtroom Deputies

The following people for serving as the 2020-2021 Competition Courtroom Deputies:

Austin Vining, University of Florida

Caitlin Vogus, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Daniela Abratt, Thomas and LoCicero

Elizabeth Sanchez, Northwestern University

Emily Brown, Thomas and LoCicero

Eric Wong, Jackson Walker

Gunita Singh, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Karolyn Perry, Waller

Katie Mellinger, Wake Forest University Law School

KatieBeth Gardner, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Kayla Sewell, Waller

Kristel Tupja, Ballard Spahr

Lauren Russell, Ballard Spahr

Leslie Minora, Ballard Spahr

Madelaine Harrington

Maggie Strouse, Ballard Spahr

Meenu Krishnan, Davis Wright Tremaine

Sam Wardle, Frost Brown Todd

Samuel Henninger, Waller

Virginia Hamrick, University of Florida

Mentors

The attorneys who served as mentors for the 2020-21 Competition participants:

Alex Ziccardi, NBCUniversal

Alia Smith, Ballard Spahr

Andrew Jacobs, HarperCollins

Ava Lubell, Cornell University

Brendan Charney, Davis Wright Tremaine

Brendan Healey, Baron Harris Healey

Brian Barrett, Associated Press

Craig Linder, Dow Jones

Dan Laidman, Davis Wright Tremaine

Dana Green, New York Times

David Bodney, Ballard Spahr

David McCraw, New York Times

Elizabeth Baldridge, Jassy Vick Carolan

James McFall, Jackson Walker

James McLaughlin, Washington Post

Jeremy Kutner, ProPublica

Jesse Feitel, Davis Wright Tremaine

Katharine Larsen, Reuters

Kyle Schneider, Arnold & Porter

Laura Prather, Haynes & Boone

Leita Walker, Ballard Spahr

Mark Caramanica, Thomas & LoCicero

Matt Greenfield, The Hearst Corporation

Matthew Cate, Ballard Spahr

Matthew Schafer, CBS

Michael Berry, Ballard Spahr

Natalie Harris, Baron Harris Healey

Natalie Spears, Dentons

Rachel E. Matteo-Boehm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Rachel Goldberg, Davis Wright Tremaine

Robin Luce-Hermann, Butzel Long

Sarah Brewerton-Palmer, Caplan Cobb

Thomas Burke, Davis Wright Tremaine

Tom Curley, Gannett

Victoria Baranetsky, Center for Investigative Reporting

Wesley Lewis, Haynes & Boone

2020-21 Moot Court Sponsors

The Forum would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the Competition:

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Media Law Resource Center
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Tegna Foundation