OUR SCHOOLS: Bulkeley High School Moot Court Team Travels to our Nation’s Capital to Participate in Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project National Moot Court Competition

OUR SCHOOLS: Bulkeley High School Moot Court Team Travels to our Nation’s Capital to Participate in Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project National Moot Court Competition

Published on Apr 21, 2016

 

To kick off spring vacation, the Bulkeley High School moot court team traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project National Moot Court Competition.  The Marshall-Brennan Project is a prestigious legal education program that provides law students the opportunity to teach appellate advocacy and constitutional law in traditionally underserved communities.  The Project also hosts a three-day moot court competition at American University’s Washington College of Law, bringing together seventy high school students from across the country to deliver a 12-minute oral argument in front of three-judge panels of practicing attorneys and judges.  For the third year in a row, Bulkeley’s team advanced to the competition’s semi-final round, with senior Amber Smith earning the opportunity to argue her case in the District Court for the District of Columbia.

The team includes Klay Clarke, Klarita Doci, Grace Graham, and Amber Smith

In addition to the competition, students also enjoyed time exploring the city.  The team made stops at the International Spy Museum, the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, the White House, and the Newseum, and also enjoyed a nighttime tour of the monuments on the National Mall. 

Special thanks to the many generous donors – both near and far – whose financial contributions covered virtually all of the costs of the trip. Also, a special thank you to members of the University of Connecticut Moot Court Board, who helped prepare students for the competition throughout the year. We could not have done it without your tremendous support! 

Bulkeley senior Amber Smith prepares to approach the lectern before her semi-final argument in the District Court for the District of Columbia.  On the bench are three practicing attorneys from the D.C. area.

When not competing, students enjoyed exploring various sites around the city, including the White House, monuments on the National Mall, and the Freedom of Speech exhibit at the Newseum.

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