Bulkeley High School Students in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Participate in Moot Court Argument at UConn School of Law

Bulkeley High School Students in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Participate in Moot Court Argument at UConn School of Law

 
On May 1, in celebration of the American Bar Association’s Law Day, students in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at Bulkeley High School participated in a moot court argument at the University of Connecticut School of Law.  At issue was whether police can search an individual’s cell phone without a warrant at the time of his arrest.  The case, which is currently pending before the United States Supreme Court, afforded students the opportunity to read the development of the Court’s Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, and apply these rulings to an issue that is both relevant and compelling. 
 
Working closely with law students in three person teams, the students spent several weeks reading and briefing U.S. Supreme Court opinions, analogizing and distinguishing their case from appellate precedent, and finally preparing and delivering an 8-minute oral argument in front of three law professors serving as judges at UConn Law School.  While incredibly nervous, students performed exceptionally well, answering tough legal and policy questions with poise and perseverance. 
 
Special thanks to Dean Timothy Fisher, Dean Karen DeMeola, Professor Peter Siegelman, and Professor Julia Simon-Kerr for their participation in the moot court and commitment to working with students at Bulkeley.  If any other schools are interested in partnering with UConn Law School through the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, please email UConn’s chapter director, Justin Taylor, at taylj006@hartfordschools.org or visit the chapter’s website at uconnmbp.wordpress.com.

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