Bulkeley High Moot Court Team Travels to Washington, D.C. to Compete in Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project National Moot Court Competition

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE  April 2015

 

Bulkeley High Moot Court Team Travels to Washington, D.C. to Compete in Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project National Moot Court Competition

 

Seniors Eric Ramos, Alejandro Mendoza, and Emina Celebic, as well as juniors Imanol Santana and Amber Smith, pose for a picture before the competition’s first round of arguments.

Last month, the Bulkeley High School moot court team traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project National Moot Court Competition.  Each year, the Marshall-Brennan Project, a prestigious legal education program that provides opportunities for law students to support appellate advocacy in high schools, draws more than seventy students from across the country to compete in a three-day competition at American University’s Washington College of Law.  The competition simulates the experience of appellate advocacy by requiring that students prepare and deliver a 12-minute oral argument in front of a three-judge panel of law students, attorneys, or judges.  For the second year in a row, Bulkeley’s team advanced to the competition’s semifinals, advancing further than fifty other competitors and allowing junior Amber Smith the opportunity to argue her case in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 

 
Students on the Bulkeley High School Moot Court team are joined by the team’s advisers, Justin Taylor and Paul Griswold, in the Washington Nationals’ dugout.
 
In addition to the competition, students enjoyed plenty of sightseeing opportunities, including a tour of the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress, a stop at the U.S. Supreme Court, and an evening tour of the monuments on the National Mall.  They even had the chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Washington Nationals Ballpark, which included visits to the home team’s bullpen, clubhouse, and dugout.  Special thanks to Laura Pels for setting up the tour of the Nationals Ballpark, and to Joey Garlic’s, the University of Connecticut School of Law, and several local attorneys for their generous financial support.    
 
Submitted by,
Justin Taylor, Social Studies Teacher
Bulkeley High School
 
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