Due to the ongoing health and safety crisis caused by COVID-19, the 2020 oral arguments were cancelled and the competition was based solely on the teams' written briefs.

The Traynor 2020 problem involved the legality of money bail, a long-established practice in California that is now being challenged in many courts. Peter Prescott has been charged with criminal offenses and is awaiting a trial. The prosecution asserts that he aided and abetted a companion who was the direct perpetrator of the charged offenses. Prescott’s request for bail was denied by the trial court and he remains incarcerated pending a trial. The reporter’s transcript of the bail motion that was held in the Superior Court of San Simeon.

Congratulations to all the participants of this year's unusual competition!

The Gisnet Mandell Award for Best Brief

U.C. Berkeley School of Law

Second Place

Best Respondent's Brief

University of West Los Angeles School of Law

Third Place

Empire College School of Law

Fourth Place

Loyola Law School