Law students Selvey, Wiggins named moot court champions

The Moot Court champion team of second-year law students (standing from left) Chelsea Selvey and Stephanie Wiggins argued before the distinguished bench of (seated from left): Winnebago County Public Defender Nick Zimmerman (’00); the Honorable Joseph G. McGraw (’85), Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Illinois; and the Honorable Timothy J. McCann (’88), Presiding Judge in the Kendall County (IL) Circuit Court.
The Moot Court champion team of second-year law students (standing from left) Chelsea Selvey and Stephanie Wiggins argued before the distinguished bench of (seated from left): Winnebago County Public Defender Nick Zimmerman (’00); the Honorable Joseph G. McGraw (’85), Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Illinois; and the Honorable Timothy J. McCann (’88), Presiding Judge in the Kendall County (IL) Circuit Court.

The NIU College of Law hosted its 34th annual Lenny B. Mandell Moot Court Competition for second-year law students.

Held Feb. 27, the finals saw the Moot Court champion team of Chelsea Selvey and Stephanie Wiggins emerge victorious over the combination of Matt Cole and Jessica Parsons.

Wiggins was also named Best Oralist of the final round.

The teams argued before the distinguished bench of the Hon. Joseph G. McGraw (’85), chief judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Illinois; the Honorable Timothy J. McCann (’88), presiding judge in the Kendall County (IL) Circuit Court; and Winnebago County Public Defender Nick Zimmerman (’00).

The case on appellate review argued by the teams involved a police search for a suspect in a robbery using location records obtained via a smartphone app and an expired warrant.

Questions under review were:

  • whether the non-trespassory collection of extensive triangulations records by law enforcement officials qualifies as a “search” under the Fourth Amendment; and
  • if such activities do qualify as a “search,” whether the warrantless collection of such information requires that the evidence collected be suppressed.

Also being honored for their achievement in the competition were Candice Patrick and Dayshon Wagner, who were named Best Oralist and 2nd Best Oralist of the preliminary rounds, respectively. The team of Kevin McSwain and Fred Richardson won Best Respondent’s Brief and Cole and Parsons won Best Petitioner’s Brief.

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