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The Harlan Institute $15 for 2015 Campaign – Support the Virtual Supreme Court

Dear Friends,

By donating $15 before the end of 2015, you can help send the winners of our Virtual Supreme Court competition to Washington, D.C. to celebrate Constitution Day in September 2016.


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Since 2010, through our innovative approach to online legal education with FantasySCOTUS, the Harlan Institute has taught thousands of high school students about our Constitution and the Supreme Court.

This year, students can compete in three great contests in the Fourth Annual Virtual Supreme Court.

The Virtual Supreme Court, a collaboration with ConSource, asks students to consider whether race-conscious affirmative action is consistent with the Fourteenth Amendment in the context of Fisher v. University of Texas. You can see the winning briefs from 2013 (Fisher I), 2014 (Noel Canning), and 2015 (Zivotofsky).

Teams of two students choose one side of the issue, write appellate briefs, submit YouTube presentations, and engage in oral arguments against other students using Google+ Hangouts. During the moot court sessions, Harlan and ConSource judges ask the students questions, and challenge them on their briefs.

This virtual competition allows students across the country to engage in cutting-edge constitutional issues

The grand prize for the top two students is a trip to Washington, D.C. to celebrate ConSource’s Constitution Day 2013. Members of the runner-up team will each receive an iPad.

I ask your help to support the prizes for these amazing students.

100% of your tax-deductible donation will be used to cover the costs of bringing the students to our nation’s capital.  The Harlan Institute has no salaried employees, and all of our overhead costs are covered by sponsorships.

I thank you for your support.


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Sincerely,

Josh Blackman
President, The Harlan Institute

Harlan Institute & ConSource Virtual Supreme Court Competition – Fisher v. University of Texas (II)

court150The Harlan Institute and The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource) announce their Fourth Annual Virtual Supreme Court competition. This competition offers teams of two high school students the opportunity to research cutting-edge constitutional law, write persuasive appellate briefs, argue against other students through video chats, and try to persuade a panel of esteemed attorneys during oral argument that their side is correct. This year the competition focuses on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (II), exploring whether race conscious affirmative action is consistent with the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

cceThe competition is endorsed by the Center for Civic Education’s We The People Program. Robert Leming, Director of the We the People Program found that our “Competition is relevant for high school students studying the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

ConSource Executive Director Julie Silverbrook believes “the Competition is an excellent opportunity for high school students to develop core civic and constitutional literacy skills. Students are required to read the text of the Constitution, explore the history behind a contemporary constitutional dispute, and construct persuasive arguments. We know that experiences like the Virtual Supreme Court Competition leave a lifelong impression on participating students and encourages them to stay informed and engaged throughout their lives.”

BracketsThe members of the grand-prize winning team, the Solicitors General of FantasySCOTUS, will receive a free trip, including airfare and one night of hotel accommodations, to Washington, D.C. to attend the ConSource Constitution Day celebration in September 2016. Winners must be at least 18 years old at the time of the trip (it is no problem if the student has already graduated high school in September of 2016, so long as he or she was in high school during the competition). This offer is open to U.S. residents only. Members of the runner-up team will each receive an iPad Mini. Members of the third and fourth place teams will each receive a $100 Amazon.com Gift card.

Josh Blackman, President of the Harlan Institute, champions the Virtual Supreme Court, which provides an “unprecedented opportunity for high school students to engage in the highest level of appellate advocacy. They research the issues, write briefs, and make oral arguments before our judges. The strong caliber of the winning teams last year really impressed us. We can’t wait to see how the teams perform this year!”

Teachers interested in participating should sign up at HarlanInstitute.org, add an account, read the problem, and get started!

Please send any questions to info@harlaninstitute.org or info@consource.org.

Abigail Fisher at the Supreme Court in 2013

Abigail Fisher at the Supreme Court in 2013

 

Maryland High School Students Win 2015 ConSource-Harlan Institute Virtual Supreme Court Competition

Maryland High School Students Win 2015 ConSource-Harlan Institute Virtual Supreme Court Competition

High School Students Argue Case of Zivotofsky v. John Kerry, Secretary of State
WASHINGTON, DC — Building on the success of the 2013 and 2014 Virtual Supreme Court project, the Harlan Institute and The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource) hosted the third annual Virtual Supreme Court competition. This competition offers teams of two high school students the opportunity to research cutting-edge constitutional law, write persuasive appellate briefs, argue against other students through video chats, and try to persuade a panel of esteemed attorneys during oral argument that their side is correct. This year the competition focused on Zivotofsky v. Kerry.

Students from around the country submitted appellate briefs and participated in virtual oral argument aimed at addressing the constitutional question –  Is the President’s recognition power subject to control by the Congress?

In the championship round of oral argument, petitioners were represented by David Edimo and Nick Peang-Meth from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD, and petitioners were represented by Ammas Tanveer and Max Groznik from Lake Oswego High School in Oswego, Oregon. The competition was fierce, but the petitioners David and Nick prevailed, becoming the Solicitors General of FantasySCOTUS. David and Nick, along with their teacher, will travel to Washington, DC to participate in ConSource’s Seventh Annual Constitution Day Celebration in September 2015.

You can view the championship round of oral argument here: https://youtu.be/VIh7mqrFlbU

All of the students and teachers who participated in the program should be applauded for their hard work and dedication. The teachers at Richard Montgomery High School and Mr. Gerrit Koepping of Lake Oswego High School should be saluted for going above and beyond to prepare their students for the competition. We also commend the finalist teams from Frisco CTE Center (TX), Del Valle High School (TX), Wicomico High School (MD), and Elkins HS (WV) for their excellent efforts. Please join us in congratulating the participants and their wonderful teachers.

Information about the Harlan Institute-ConSource Virtual Supreme Court Competition is available at: http://harlaninstitute.org/contests/virtual-supreme-court/.

For questions or further information, please contact Josh Blackman, President of The Harlan Institute, at JBlackman@HarlanInstitute.org or Julie Silverbrook, Executive Director of ConSource, at Julie.Silverbrook@ConSource.org.

2015 Harlan Institute-ConSource Virtual Supreme Court Competition: Round 2

Check your brackets! The 2015 Harlan Institute-ConSource Virtual Supreme Court Competition is underway. This year our students have submitted briefs and made oral arguments concerning Zivotofsky v. Kerry. Round 2 is now complete, and we are now scheduling the final round. The Solicitors General of FantasySCOTUS, will receive a free trip, including airfare and one night of hotel accommodations, to Washington, D.C. to attend the ConSource Constitution Day celebration in September 2015.

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Here are the advancing teams, and their oral arguments. My deep thanks to Julie Silverbrook, the Executive Director of Consource, who judged the second round with me. Check out the videos and briefs from the students below, and tell us what you think!

1st Circuit

Petitioner: Diana O. & Mitchell M. (Oswego, Oregon)
Respondent: Ammas T. & Max G. (Oswego, Oregon)

 

2nd Circuit

Petitioner: Victoria M. & Hayley B. (Frisco, TX)
Respondent: Jacob S. & Danielle T. (Del Valle, TX)

3rd Circuit

Petitioner: David E. & Nick P. (Montgomery, MD)
Respondent: Briana B. & Apeksha G. (Wicomico, MD)

 

4th Circuit

Petitioner: Zohar H. & Sarah T. (Oswego, Oregon)
Respondent: Emily K. & Evan M. (Oswego, Oregon)

Congratulations to all of the teams. We will be announcing the teams that will advance to the final round later this week.

You can see all of the videos in the tournament here:

2015 Harlan Institute-ConSource Virtual Supreme Court Competition: Round 1

Check your brackets! The 2015 Harlan Institute-ConSource Virtual Supreme Court Competition is underway. This year our students have submitted briefs and made oral arguments concerning Zivotofsky v. Kerry. We are currently judging Round 1, featuring the top 16 teams in the country–8 Petitioner teams and 8 Respondent teams. The top 8 teams from this round will advance to the next round, and get one step closer to winning the entire tournament.The Solicitors General of FantasySCOTUS, will receive a free trip, including airfare and one night of hotel accommodations, to Washington, D.C. to attend the ConSource Constitution Day celebration in September 2015

Check out the videos and briefs from the students below, and tell us what you think!

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1st Circuit

Petitioner #1: Diana O & Mitchell M (OR) 


Respondent #1:  Emily D. & Camryn C. (MD)

Petitioner #2: Jered J. & Taylor H. (TX)

Respondent #2:  Katie B. & Jung O. (MD) 

2nd Circuit

Petitioner #3: Victoria M. & Hayley B. (MD)

Respondent #3: Emily K. & Evan M. (OR)

Petitioner #4: David E. & Nick P. (MD)

Respondent #4: Jacob S. & Danielle T. (TX)

3rd Circuit

Petitioner #5: Azhar A. & Blake V. (TX)

Respondent #5: Briana B. & Apeksha G. (MD)

Petitioner #6: Zohar H. & Sarah T. (OR)

Respondent #6: Rachel B. & Steve L. (MD)

4th Circuit

Petitioner #7: Kole H. & Matt W. (WV)

Respondent #7: Connor R. & Brandon J. (TX)

Petitioner #8: Brendan O. & Dominique P. (TX)

Respondent #8: Ammas T. & Max G. (OR)

 


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