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March 10, 2021

Case: Tanner v. State of Ames

A writ of certiorari is granted on the following two questions:

  1. Whether the Ames Nonconsensual Pornography Act, Ames Crim. Stat. 545, violates the First Amendment.
  2. Whether the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination allows a defendant to refuse to disclose the password to her computer and phone, when the government has a warrant to search those devices.

Read the joint appendix


Hon. Stephen G. Breyer ’64, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
Hon. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Supreme Court of California
Hon. Judith W. Rogers ’64, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit



Justice Robert H. Jackson Memorial Team


Best Brief

Matthew Arons, Oralist
Max Bloom
Taylor Custer, Oralist
Dustin Fire
Colleen O’Gorman
Sam Stratton

The Lloyd Gaines Memorial Team


Best Overall

Jason Bell, Oralist
Ameze Belo-Osagie
Lauren Bilow
Davis Campbell
Travis Fife, Best Oralist
Michael Torcello



“Very good issues, very well prepared, and well argued.”

— Hon. Stephen G. Breyer ’64 Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

Watch the video: 2020 Ames Moot Court Competition Final Round Tanner v. State of Ames 1:27 03/10/2021