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2014 Ames Moot Court Competition

November 18, 2014

Photo of Justices, Jordan, Scalia, and Millett from the Ames Moot Court Finals 2014

Case: Duke v. United States

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

  1. Whether counsel renders ineffective assistance in violation of the Sixth Amendment by failing to file a notice of appeal at a defendant’s request when the defendant has waived his right to appeal in a plea agreement
  2. Whether a prisoner may challenge his sentence under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 when an intervening change in law demonstrates that the prisoner was erroneously sentenced as a career offender


Hon. Antonin Scalia ’60, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
Hon. Adalberto Jordan, U.S. Court of Appeals for The Eleventh Circuit
Hon. Patricia Millett ’88, U.S. Court of Appeals for The District of Columbia Circuit


The Franklin E. Kameny Memorial Team


Best Brief

Jennifer Garnett
Ezra Marcus, Oralist
Katie McCarthy, Oralist
Jordan Moran
Ivan Panchenko
Tom Ryan

The Elliot L. Richardson Memorial Team


Best Overall

Jay Cohen
Cody Gray
Spencer Haught
Christina Martinez
Sean Mirski, Oralist
Kevin Neylan, Best Oralist

Watch the video: 2014 Ames Moot Court Competition

Final Round
Duke v. United States