Erik Franks, Michael Gerht, and Diana Kruze of the University of California, Hastings College of Law won the BMI/Cardozo Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition. The team argued in the final round against students from Fordham University School of Law (names will be provided when I get them); the Fordham team was also the runner-up for the Best Brief award.
The Hastings team swept the other top prizes: the team, led by brief editor Mr. Franks, won the Best Brief award, and Mr. Gerht was the top oralist. Ms. Cruze was named the runner-up for the best oralist award and was honored as the top speaker in the preliminary rounds.
The finalists faced a truly hot panel, arguing bravely as the daunting magnetism of Chief-Justice-for-a-Day Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit radiated from the bench. There were other judges there too -- Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the Northern District of California, for one -- but they were not Kozinski. It is currently unknown to me whether Judge Kozinski offered the finalists his usual praise or his always-helpful advice.