Criminal Procedure: Courtroom in a Classroom
Studying Criminal Procedure at Capital University Law School involves more than simply learning a myriad of Supreme Court holdings. Professor Dan Kobil’s Criminal Procedure students recently had an opportunity to put their knowledge to practical use by participating in an oral argument exercise before a sitting federal magistrate.
During a recent class, twenty students argued motions to suppress before federal Magistrate-Judge Terry Kemp. Ten students argued on behalf of a hypothetical defendant that a search warrant had improperly been issued because it was not based on probable cause. Ten of their classmates, representing the state, tried to convince Judge Kemp that the search warrant was properly issued and that the evidence police had discovered should not be suppressed at trial. The remaining students prepared detailed critiques of the oral arguments that were later shared with the advocates.
Judge Kemp, who has been on the bench since 1987, is an adjunct professor at Capital, where he teaches Federal Courts. He has visited Professor Kobil’s Criminal Procedure classes since 2008.
“I truly appreciate Judge Kemp’s efforts on behalf of our students,” said Professor Kobil. “He is one of the best jurists we have ever had in Columbus and it is a real privilege for Capital students to get to argue before him.”
Capital evening student Larae Schraeder, L’ 18, was one of the advocates selected to participate. She said that while she initially was a bit nervous about the argument, “I’m thrilled that I got a chance to do this—it reminds me of exactly why I came to law school.”
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Kemp
3L Student Maurice Wells