Moot Court - Constitutional Law: Civil Rights - April 19, 2018
The course participants for Constitutional Law: Civil Rights will hold a moot court on April 19, 24, and 26, from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm, in Convocation Hall. The students will assume the roles of counsel and justices as they argue and judge cases.
The first case, argued on April 19, is Kenosha Unified School District, No. 1 v. Whitaker and considers whether a school policy requiring students to use bathroom facilities that correspond to their biological sex violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
In this case, Henry Wingfield and Phillip Sharp argue for the school district, and James Jurgensen and Robert Fisher argue for the Whitaker. Abbey Shockley leads a bench including Steph Collins, Elise McCanless, and Adrienne Davis.
The second case, argued on April 24, is Floyd v. Alabama and considers whether the state’s striking African Americans from a jury pool in a capital case with a Black defendant violated the Sixth Amendment guarantee of an impartial jury.
Arguing for the Mr. Floyd is Sean Heffron and Jacob Straessle; arguing for the state is Niccolo Verrecchia. Carrie Martin leads a bench including Joanna Paszek and Wilks Halliday.
The final case, argued on April 26, is Gill v. Whitford and considers whether partisan gerrymandering violates the principle of equal legislative representation required by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Arguing for Wisconsin’s Elections Commission is Georgia Konstam and Margaret Dupree; arguing for the state’s voters is Madison McAdams and Sydney Peterson. Cooper Lewis leads a bench including Mac Bouldin, Grant McKenzie, and Destiney Golden.
This moot court engages contemporary issues of civil rights in an exciting and relevant way, and you are invited to attend!