American University Washington College of Law Hosts High School Moot Court Competition, Nov. 12

Fictitious Argument Similar to Pair of Upcoming Cases before U.S. Supreme Court


WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 09, 2011 – The American University Washington College of Law Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project will run the fall William H. Karchmer Local High School Moot Court Competition this Saturday, Nov. 12

This year’s competition will feature nearly 40 public and charter high school students from the Washington, D.C. area arguing a fictitious case about whether it is cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment to impose life sentences without parole on juveniles who commit felony murder. 

This week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a pair of cases addressing a nearly identical issue, Jackson v. Hobbs and Miller v. Alabama.   

Final rounds are scheduled to take place from 4 - 5:00 p.m., and will be judged by Judge Judith Macaluso of D.C. Superior Court, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola of D.C., and Judge William Cave retired chief judge of the 6th Circuit Court in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Participating schools include: Anacostia Senior High School; Ballou Senior High School; Capital City Public Charter School; Cesar Chavez Public Charter School; Dunbar Senior High School; Paul Public Charter School; School Without Walls; Wilson Senior High School.

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Media interested in making arrangements to attend the event should contact Megan Smith, (202) 274-4276. 

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