"We the Students"
National High School
Moot Court Competition

General Information

On April 1-2, 2006 the Washington College of Law hosted the Seventh Annual "We the Students" National High School Moot Court Competition. The Competition takes place in Washington, D.C. and offers high school students, from across the nation, a unique opportunity to meet other participants while developing their advocacy skills in front of area law students, practitioners, and judges.

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Group photo of 2006 winners and judges
From left: Jawanna Davis (top respondent), Stephen Wermiel (judge), Brittany Boveri (finalist), Lucas Habte (finalist), Olivia Nguyen (top petitioner), Jamin Raskin (judge), and Addy Schmitt (judge).

Winners:

Olivia NguyenBella Vista High School, Fair Oaks, CA
Jawanna DavisUniversity City High School, Philadelphia, PA
 
Top TeamBella Vista High School, Fair Oaks, CA

Other Finalists:

Brittany BoveriFalls Church High School, Falls Church, VA
Lucas HabteBella Vista High School, Fair Oaks, CA

Congratulations to our Semi-finalists:

Jason HolleyBella Vista High School
Lucas HabteBella Vista High School
Olivia NguyenBella Vista High School
Roopika SubramanianBella Vista High School
Brittany BoveriFalls Church High School, Falls Church, VA
Aaron SchwartzFrancis Lewis High School, Jackson Heights, New York
John MulveyFrancis Lewis High School, Jackson Heights, New York
Julie BranderHaverhill High School, Haverhill, Mass.
Kayla DrewHaverhill High School, Haverhill, Mass.
Nicholas DrewHaverhill High School, Haverhill, Mass.
Jamie DespainHoover High School, Hoover, Alabama
Laura BurksHoover High School, Hoover, Alabama
Irina VarelaKennedy High School, Silver Spring, MD
Jennifer WangNorth Hollywood High School, North Hollywood, CA
Shermin IslamNorth Hollywood High School, North Hollywood, CA
Jawanna DavisUniversity City High School, Philadelphia, PA

2006 Competition Problem


MICHAEL SMITH v. CALVERT CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

This year's problem involves high school students engaged in protest of a schoolís drug testing policy. Michael Smith, a popular student and captain of the basketball team, was not among the fifteen students found guilty of drug possession. Like the rest of the athletes in his school, he was required to sign a Student Drug Testing Consent Form that allowed authorities to test students for drug use based on reasonable suspicion. Surprised to learn that Smith had evaded the authorities, Smithís ex-girlfriend Veronica Jones reported to Vice Principal Collins that she knew Smith regularly smoked marijuana in the boysí locker room before practice. Upon learning this information, Principal James Philip consulted with a police officer at the school who suggested that the school administer a drug test. Principal Philip agreed with the advice and ordered that Smith be administered a drug test that day after school. Principal Philip claimed he had to enforce the rules set forth in the Jefferson Student Manual and the agreement all athletes signed prior to the athletic season To ensure that Smith would not be able to evade authorities a second time, Principal Philip asked that he, the male athletic trainer, and a police officer be present while Smith took the test in his coachís private bathroom. The test results confirmed that Smith had traces of marijuana in his system. To set an example for other students that drug use in school would not be tolerated, Principal Philip suspended star athlete Michael Smith for two weeks and removed Smith from the basketball team for the 2004-2005 season, which eliminated his opportunity to be recruited by college scouts.

Registration Information

Registration is now closed

Registration fee is $25 for each team of four students: 2 appellants and 2 appellees. Each school can register a maximum of two teams.

Problem Documents

2005 Competition Results

National High School Competition Winners

National High School Competition Participants

The Fourth Amendment

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Additional Resources



If you have questions or would like further information regarding this competition, please e-mail competition directors Maurissa Jones and Anjetta McQueen at moot@wcl.american.edu.