The Baylor Law School team of Jose Magana Salgado and Glory Rosario were crowned champions at the 17th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition, hosted by the Hispanic National Bar Association in Jersey City, N.J. Salgado and Rosario faced 27 teams from across the nation and beat a team from Loyola University-Chicago in the final round. The team was coached by Baylor Law Associate Professor Laura Hernandez.
In addition to taking first place, Salgodo also brought home the Best Advocate Award and the team won Best Brief-Petitioners. Finally the HNBA awarded the pair a cash prize of $8,000 for their victory.
The problem argued by contestants in the competition focused on whether the 4th Amendment was violated when police placed a GPS tracking device on the car of a drug trafficking suspect without a warrant. The U.S. Supreme Court recently rendered a decision in the case. In fact, a judge in an earlier round actually clerked for the court at the time of the decision.
The final round was judged by Justice Julio Fuente, United States Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the first Hispanic judge to serve the Third Circuit; Judge Jose Linares, federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; Judge Marina Garcia-Marmolejos, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; and Thomas Dupree, a partner at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher in Washington, D.C.
The win is part of what has been a banner year in advocacy competitions for Baylor Law School teams. In late March, Baylor Law placed first and second at the National Trial Advocacy Competition. In 2012, Baylor Law teams also won regional competitions at the ABA Moot Court competition, AAJ mock trial competition, the NTC and the Transactional Law Meet. Baylor Law teams also won the Elliott Cup and the National Security Moot Court Competition at George Washington University's School of Law. Baylor Law teams also were semifinalists at the NYU Immigration Law Moot Court Competition, the Wisconsin Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition and the Child Welfare & Adoption Law Moot Court Competition. Baylor Law advocacy teams are underwritten through the generosity of the M.D. Anderson Foundation.