University of Pittsburgh

Zachary Gordon Wins 2013 Pitt Law Appellate Moot Court Competition

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November 20, 2013

Zachary Gordon (center in picture), a third-year student, won the 2013 University of Pittsburgh School of Law Appellate Moot Court Competition by prevailing in the final round held Friday, November 15, 2013 before The Hon. D. Michael Fisher (right), United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; The Hon. Mary Jane Bowes (left),  Superior Court of Pennsylvania; and The Hon. Cathy Bissoon (second from left), United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Second-place honors went to Kevin R. Green (second from right), a second-year student. Best brief honors went to Julie Deisher, a second-year student. Based on performance in this year's competition, Kevin Green and Nicholas DiNardo, both second-year students, qualified to become the law school's team in next year's external National Moot Court Competition. 

Gordon is a third year law student interest in pursuing a career in civil litigation focusing on family law and appellate practice. He graduated magna cum laude from Juniata College majoring in Politics. Green is a second year law student interested in pursuing a career in litigation. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College in 2011, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Philosophy.

The Moot Court problem concerned a fictional plaintiff, Robert Langdon, who sought the release of the mug shot of a private citizen based on the claim that the picture will reveal information about the individual's arrrest. The U.S. Marshals denied the Plaintiff’s request citing its policy of not disclosing the mug shots of the individuals it arrests. The question presented is whether or not mug shots taken and retained by the U.S. Marshals Service are subject to release under an exception to the Freedom of Information Act in 5 U.S.C. §§ 552(b).

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