9th Annual Mock Court Argument Program

High School Students Practice Their Lawyering Skills

Mock Court Group Eighty-five students from seven D.C. area schools participated in the Historical Societyís ninth Mock Court Program for D.C. high school students on April 25, 2014, in the E. Barrett Prettyman federal Courthouse. After Chief Judge Merrick Garland welcomed the students, they each presented arguments before one of the nine participating federal judges. In the weeks preceding the program, the students prepared and practiced their arguments, which centered on a hypothetical fact pattern raising Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues, with the help of 28 volunteer attorneys from nine area law firms.

Mock Court Group At the programís closing ceremony, the judges announced the most outstanding student advocates and presented each student with a certificate of participation. Students then relaxed and enjoyed a lunch of pizza, salad, and cold cuts in the Atrium of the William B. Bryant Annex.

Mock Court Female Students selected by the judges as the most outstanding advocates are:

Yasmine Branscomb
Nykkira Cain
Dajah Crowder
Sigrid Johannes
Aidan Lomotey
Shannon Mathews
Sadatu Pajibo
Kendall Schutzer
Kian Streater
Elena Vazquez

Judges Sri Srinivasan, James E. Boasberg, Christopher R. Cooper, John M. Facciola, Beryl A. Howell, Alan Kay, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Royce C. Lamberth, and Deborah A. Robinson, heard the studentsí arguments. Lawyers from Goodwin Procter; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Law Offices of Carmen D. Hernandez; Sidley Austin; Steptoe & Johnson; Williams & Connolly; WilmerHale; Wiltshire & Grannis; and Zuckerman Spaeder mentored the students.

Program co-chairs were Christopher Wright and Paras N. Shah.

See additional photographs from the program.

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