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High school students compete in “moot court” competition

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, sixty high school students will compete in a moot court competition at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

The students are participants in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.

The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project is a national program designed to mobilize talented second- and third-year law students to teach courses on constitutional law and juvenile justice in public high schools.

High school students compete in "moot court" competition Moot-Court-Competition-300x156 This movement for constitutional literacy is rooted in the belief that students will profit for a lifetime from learning the system of rights and responsibilities under the U.S. Constitution.

Twelve law students from ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law teach lessons about constitutional principles and appellate advocacy to high school students at South Mountain High School and ASU Preparatory Academy three times a week.

“Working with these students has really opened my eyes to how important it is to teach constitutional issues throughout all levels of education. It’s been amazing seeing them tackle these challenge issues that stump some of our brightest minds in the legal world,” Lauren Shapiro, Marshall-Brennan Fellow and third-year law studentHigh school students compete in "moot court" competition Moot-Court-Composition-2-300x200

“I became involved with Marshall-Brennan to share my law school experience with Arizona high school students. I teach weekly lessons where the students learn to read case law and prepare oral arguments. Everyday I am in the classroom, I watch the students’ critical thinking and public speaking skills improve,” Casey Clowes, Marshall-Brennan Director and third-year law student.

On Saturday, the high school students will deliver their oral arguments and compete to be one of four students to represent ASU’s Marshall-Brennan chapter at the National Competition in Boston.

Over 65 law students, alumni, and local attorneys will volunteer to serve as judges for the competition.

The competition will be held at the Beus Center for Law and Society from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.