Wechsler
Washington D.C.
Members: Jillian Kaltner, Madeline Landry
Coaches: Nolan Theurer, Brianna Howard
Description of Issues:

Officer Mariana White, a nine-year veteran of the Tompkins Police Department and member of the Black Police Officers Association, was fired for a post she made to her personal Facebook page.  The post discussed recent police shootings of unarmed black men, and Tompkins' fear that such shootings would harm race relations in the country.  

 

This First Amendment problem places three main questions before the Court:

1. Whether Officer White engaged in protected citizen or unprotected job-duty speech under Garcetti v. Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410, 421 (2006).

2. Whether Officer White spoke on a matter of public concern when analyzed by the precedent of Pickering v. Bd. of Educ., 391 U.S. 563, 568 (1968).

3. Whether the appeals court erred in determining that the city's efficiency interest as an employer trumped Officer White's free-speech rights.

Scheduling Contact: Nolan Theurer (nolan.theurer@uchastings.edu)
Document(s): TBD
DATE AND TIME ROOM JUDGE JUDGE JUDGE JUDGE JUDGE
Fri. September 29
5:00PM - 6:30PM CLOSED
Sun. October 1
11:00AM - 1:00AM Room J Carson Riley Francesca
Mon. October 2
3:00PM - 4:30PM Room J Maddy LS Jordan Olson
7:00PM - 9:00PM Room D Jonathan Klaren
Wed. October 4
12:00PM - 1:00PM Room C Eric Schmoll John Darin
7:00PM - 9:00PM Room C Holden Benon David C. Casarrubias
Thu. October 5
3:30PM - 4:30PM MCR Naomi
Sat. October 7
10:00AM - 12:00PM Room F Fiona
1:00PM - 3:00PM Room E (CLOSED)
Sun. October 8
10:00AM - 12:00PM Room F Naomi Seth Kester-Irwin
12:00PM - 2:00PM Room F Eric Schmoll
Mon. October 9
12:00PM - 1:30PM M323 Maddy LS
7:00PM - 9:00PM Room K Ronnie Alicia Ginsberg Gabriella David C. Casarrubias
Wed. October 11
12:00PM - 1:00PM Room H Caroline Lavenue Erum Siddiqui Maddy LS Will Hanley Mitchell VanLandingham
7:00PM - 9:00PM MCR Mitchell VanLandingham David C. Casarrubias
Fri. October 13
11:00AM - 1:00PM MCR Breana Burgos
1:00PM - 3:00PM MCR Eric Schmoll Gabbi Jordan Olson Breana Burgos Madison DiZinno
Sun. October 15
10:00AM - 11:00AM MCR Caroline Lavenue
11:00AM - 1:00PM MCR Fiona
1:00PM - 3:00PM MCR Julia
6:00PM - 8:00PM Room D (CLOSED)
Mon. October 16
7:00PM - 9:00PM Room E gabbi gallego Francesca