Texas Tech law alumnus Brandon Beck ’12, an appellate attorney with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas and adjunct professor of legal practice, had the opportunity to do something that only a handful of lawyers ever get to do, argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professor Beck argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Davis on April 17, 2019. You can listen to the oral argument here or read a written transcript here. He was supported by a large contingent of law school classmates, colleagues, students, and his two teammates from the 2012 National Moot Court Competition national championship team.
In United States v. Davis the Court will decide whether a portion of a federal criminal statue (18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(3)(B)) is unconstitutionally vague. The answer to this question will likely turn on which interpretive framework the Court chooses to apply. Professor Beck advocated for the “categorical approach” and the Government advocated for a “fact-specific” approach. You can view a copy of the Respondent brief here and the Petitioner brief here.
To prepare for his oral argument, Professor Beck held a moot court demonstration for Texas Tech law students on April 2 in the Hunt Courtroom. Dean Nowlin and several Law School faculty members served as Justices. 3L Robert Ehrlich assisted with the demonstration presenting the Government’s argument.
Congratulations to Professor Beck!