The 11th Annual "We The Students" National High School Moot Court Competition
March 27 - 28, 2010
American University Washington College of Law

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The “WE THE STUDENTS” NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MOOT COURT COMPETITION brings high school students, from the United States and abroad, together to showcase their oral advocacy skills. Students compete in moot appellate arguments that test their understanding of cutting edge legal questions. By focusing on the applicability of current legal issues to the high school setting, this competition provides students with a unique opportunity to strengthen their reasoning skills and increase their understanding of the Constitution and the judicial system. Hosted annually at American University’s Washington College of Law, this competition introduces competitors to 1st and 4th Amendment issues and other contemporary legal topics.All high school students are welcome to compete.

We encourage first time students and coaches to attend. No prior experience with moot court, mock, trial, debate, or any public speaking is necessary in order to successfully participate in the competition. Furthermore, teachers and coaches are not required to have previous moot court experience; we can provide material, including a lesson plan, for the first time coaches and teachers. Homeschooled students are welcome.

Learn more about Moot Court (please click here to view examples of oral arguments) .



Congratulations to the Winners and Finalists of the 2010 "We The Students" National High School Moot Court Competition:


Best Petitioner:

Andrew McNair, CITE Academy (TX)


Best Respondent:

Ella Cohen, Rye Neck High School (NY)



Hannah Clark, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (VA)

Samuel Johnson, Harbour Light Academy (NC)

The pictures from the 2010 banquet and final round are now available. Please click the links below to access the albums.

Click here for the 2010 banquet pictures!

Click here for 2010 Semi-Final pictures!

Click here for 2010 Final Round pictures!

The video from the 2010 Final Round of competition is now available. Please click the links below!

Final Round - Part 1

Final Round - Part 2

Final Round - Part 3

Final Round - Part 4

Final Round - Part 5



2010 Competition Information:


The problem Telsa School District; Allison Blake; and Nathan Stark v. Zoey Carter has now been released. Click here to access the password protected website to obtain the problem and cases. The competition directors have sent out the password; if you did not receive it, please contact them at All competitor and team registration fees must be paid to gain access.


In Tesla School District v. Carter, students are asked to look at how the First Amendment applies to a student’s right to free speech at school. Zoey Carter, a high school senior, changed her hairstyle by adding hair dye and coins. She stated that she was protesting government spending policies she believed were fundamentally wrong. Tesla School District, under the belief that Zoey was sending a pro-drug use message, expelled her claiming that she was in violation of the school’s dress code. This case is now before the Supreme Court of the United States to determine the extent that the First Amendment protects this manner of symbolic speech as it relates to a school’s authority to control the educational environment.


The Bylaws for the 2010 competition are now available. The bylaws are applicable to any participant, (competitor, coach, judge, and school) in the competition.

2010 "We The Students" National High School Moot Court Competition Bylaws



Registration is at a first come, first serve basis and slots are filling up quickly so apply Now!!


Both registration forms must be filled out and payment must be received by the Moot Court Honor Society for registration to be complete. Once registration is complete you will get a confirmation e-mail with more details about the competition and the username and password to the password protected site that contains the problem and all relevant materials for the competition.

Registration is complete when registration forms are submitted and the payment of registration fees have been received by the American University Washington College of Law Moot Court Honor Society.

Note: As you fill in the competitor information in the competitor registration form more fields will appear to fill in up to 12 competitors will appear. If it does not appear press the "tab" button when you reach the last cell of the form.

Regular Registration: January 15, 2010 - March 1, 2010

Regular registration will begin when the problem is released on January 15, 2010. At this time, once a school registers and pays the registration fees (both competitor and school), it will receive the problem and all appropriate materials to begin preparing for the competition.Regular registration will remain open until March 1, 2010.

We ask that you provide us with the names and information for each competitor as soon as possible. Competitors can be added or changed up until March 1, 2010, at which point registration will close.

Please make all checks out to: Washington College of Law

Please send all payments (either check or money order to):

Damie Adegbuyi and Jamie Sparano
American University, Washington College of Law
Moot Court Honor Society
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 542
Washington, DC 20016

Early Registration: November 1, 2009 - January 14, 2010

Early registration will be held from November 1, 2009 to January 14, 2010.We will waive the competitor fee for the first two competitors that register with a school during this time. Schools will only be required to register and pay the school registration fee during early registration; competitor registration fees will not be due until January 15, 2010. The problem will be released to schools upon receipt of payment of competitor fees.


There are two fees for this competition: the school registration fee and a competitor fee.

School Registration Fee: $30 per school, which includes up to two coaches per school.

Competitor Fee: $15 per competitor, this includes breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday, and the Banquet Dinner.

The competitor fees cover breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday and the Banquet Dinner on Saturday for coaches (limit 2) and competitors. If any guests are traveling with the team and would like to eat with the team an extra fee will apply. Please contact the Competition Directros to make the proper arrangements.

Competition Logistics

The competition will consist of three to four preliminary rounds held all day on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The scores competitors receive in those rounds will determine which competitors advance to the next round. Following the completion of the preliminary rounds we will host a banquet, where we will announce the winners of awards and announce the competitors who will advance to the final day of the competition. Some awards will be given on the basis of the scores of the preliminary round such as Best Team, Most Improved Petitioner and Respondent, Best Oralist, etc.

We plan for the quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds will be held on Sunday, March 28 at a courthouse in Washington, DC. The final round will consist of four competitors, two respondents and two petitioners.The final round will conclude by 5:00 p.m.

In addition to the competition rounds, we will also host several activities for competitors and coaches, including information sessions and panel discussions, as well as a college fair for competitors.

Travel and Hotel Arrangements

You are responsible for your own travel and hotel arrangements and costs.Please see for more information about accommodations near the law school.


ARRIVAL: You should plan to arrive, if possible, Friday, March 26, 2010, for an evening meeting at the competition site and registration.The competition will start early Saturday morning, so if you cannot attend this meeting on Friday, please be advised that you will be required to attend an information meeting and registration on Saturday as early as 8:00 a.m.We encourage you to contact us as you plan your trip to ensure that arrival and departure times will coincide correctly with the competition.


DEPARTURE: The final round will conclude by 5:00 p.m. Make your travel arrangement around this schedule to avoid conflicts with the final round. Please be advised that it may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour to get to the airport depending on which airport you choose to travel through.


GROUP HOTEL RATES: We have set up a block of hotel rooms at the Embassy Suites Hotel at the Chevy Chase Pavilion from March 26th - March 28th. The block of rooms are available at a rate of $199.00/ per night for King-bedded suites and for Double-bedded suites. This rate includes two room suites, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast. Reservations for this rate will be accepted up to February 24, 2010.To get the information to confirm a blocked room from Embassy Suites, you must complete registration. Rooms are reserved on a first come first serve basis. If you would like more information about the Group Hotel Rates please contact us at the contact information below.



Previous Competition Information

2009 "We The Students" Competition (Final Round Video Available)

2008 "We The Students" Competition


Contact Information

If you have questions or would like further information regarding this competition and how to register, please e-mail the Competition Directors Damie Adegbuyi and Jamie Sparano at or call us at (202) 274-4401.