Bulkeley High School Moot Court Team Competes in National Competition in Washington, D.C.

Bulkeley High School Moot Court Team Competes in National Competition in Washington, D.C.

 
 
From Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6, six students on the Bulkeley High School Moot Court Team traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete in a national moot court competition through the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, a nationwide partnership between law schools and high schools that promotes legal education. Over the past six months, students on the moot court team spent countless hours after school preparing to deliver a twelve minute oral argument before a panel of judges in a case involving a question of custodial interrogation under the Fifth Amendment. As part of their preparation, each week students worked on preparing a billboard, reading and understanding appellate caselaw, and crafting, delivering, and continually improving their oral argument.  Senior Samir Lulic, a student in the Humanities Studies Program, performed particularly well in the competition, beating out more than 60 other competitors from across the country and earning the right to argue in the semifinal round held at the U.S. District Court.
 
In addition to their participation in the competition, students also had the opportunity to visit the White House, the Capitol, the Library of Congress, the National Zoo, and monuments along the National Mall.  The students were also given a private tour of the United States Supreme Court by a clerk for Justice Kennedy.  On the tour, students had the opportunity to visit areas of the Court rarely – if ever – opened to the general public.  This included walking past the chambers of Justices Alito, Breyer, and Kagan, standing at the lectern in the Court where all Supreme Court arguments have been made since the Court was constructed in 1935, and playing basketball on the court above the Court.  It was truly an incredible experience.
 
 
Submitted by Justin Taylor.  For more informaiton, please contact him via email.

 

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