MSU College of Law

Spring Appellate Advocacy Competition needs judges

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Michigan State University College of Law would like to invite you to judge first-year law students in the 2018 Spring Appellate Advocacy Competition. During the spring semester, all first-year students argue before a mock appellate court as part of their required legal writing course. We would be honored and delighted if you would be able to help our students with this important event in their 1L year.

We are seeking judges for the following times:

  • Saturday, April 7: 8:30 a.m.−12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 7: 1:00 p.m.−5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 9: 5:15 p.m.−9:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 10: 5:15 p.m.−9:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 11: 5:15 p.m.−9:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 12: 5:15 p.m.−9:15 p.m.

This year’s problem involves the Fourth Amendment. The students will argue about whether the trial court properly decided that evidence found in a police search of the defendant’s home was admissible because, although the officers coerced the defendant to consent to a warrantless search, the evidence inevitably would have been discovered in a later search conducted pursuant to a warrant.

No experience in constitutional law or criminal law is necessary. Judges will receive additional information including potential questions and arguments approximately two weeks before the competition.

If you are willing to judge, it would be very helpful if you would sign up before Wednesday, March 14, 2018. You may sign up online by following this link:

If you have any questions or are having trouble signing up, please call Teresa Cherry at (517) 432-6818 or email me at

If you prefer, you can fax your reply, including your available dates and contact information, to (517) 432-6879.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.


Jeremy Francis, Ph.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Writing Specialist
Michigan State University College of Law