The Historical Society strives to remind everyone of the importance of our system of laws to the fabric of our society. One way it does that is by working with DC public and independent schools to bring students into the federal courthouse to enable them to experience what it is like to be a lawyer and a judge in a unique setting, and to learn about some of the fundamental precepts of the Bill of Rights (1st and 4th Amendments).
To that end, for a thirteenth consecutive year, the Historical Society conducted its Annual Mock Court Program on March 9, 2018. Once again, it was a huge success. Ten federal judges heard 5-6 minute arguments from over 125 students.
The fact patterns challenged the students to learn, analyze, and develop arguments in the context of First Amendment and Fourth Amendment issues arising in a high school context. Students from McKinley Tech, School Without Walls, H.D. Woodson, and Maret School participated.
Over 30 attorneys from D.C.’s legal community volunteered their time and met 4-5 times with the students, assisting them in analyzing the legal issues, the fact patterns, and in preparing their arguments.