Students to take part in virtual Supreme Court competition
During the October 2012 Supreme Court term, The Harlan Institute and The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource) are hosting the inaugural competition.
By participating in the competition, high school students will gain experience in researching contemporary constitutional issues, crafting persuasive appellate briefs on their classroom blogs, and presenting convincing oral arguments to legal experts in a virtual courtroom over Google+ Video Hangouts.
The Virtual Supreme Court Competition will take place in two stages: submission of an appellate brief and presentation of oral argument. First, teams of two high school students will file an appellate brief in the form of a blog post advocating for or against the University of Texas’s race-based affirmative action program, the issue pending before the Supreme Court this term in Fisher v. University of Texas.
Specifically, students will answer a fundamental constitutional question, “Is the Fourteenth Amendment Color-Blind?”
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