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News Posted on April 28, 2017

King Hall Students Shine in 2017 Neumiller Competition

UC Davis School of Law hosted another highly successful Irving L. Neumiller Competition on April 20, as the team of Rebecca Friedemann ’18 and Anton Swain-Gil ’18 narrowly edged Paolo Hermoso ’18 and Sarah Oh ’18 before a panel of distinguished judges in the Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom.

This year’s problem involved a treason prosecution and Fourth Amendment search and seizure issue.  Hermoso and Oh represented the Petitioner/Defendant, while Friedemann and Swain-Gil advocated on behalf of the United States. The students argued before a panel of judges including Justice Elena Duarte of the California Third District Court of Appeal, Justice Ming Chin of the California Supreme Court, Justice Kathleen Butz ’81, also of the Third District Court of Appeal, and Lt. Col. Brendon Tukey, Judge Advocate of the U.S. Air Force Western Judicial Circuit.

The Neumiller Competition is the culmination of each year's Appellate Advocacy program at King Hall, wherein top students are selected to compete in front of a panel of distinguished judges.  In recent years, the panels have included Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye '84, Justice Leondra Kruger of the Supreme Court of California, and Ninth Circuit Judges Alex Kozinski, Michael Daly Hawkins, Sandra S. Ikuta, Stephen Reinhardt, and Mary Schroeder, among others.

Photos from the 2017 Neumiller Competition may be viewed on the UC Davis School of Law Facebook page.