The Harlan Institute hosts three contests.
Virtual Supreme Court
The Harlan Institute has partnered with The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource) to host the inaugural 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 Zivotofsky v. Kerry.
Resolved: Is the President’s recognition power subject to control by the Congress?
The members of 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.
FantasySCOTUS Predictions challenges students to make predictions about pending Supreme Court cases and write analytical blog posts exploring the different constitutional issues in the cases.
After studying cases currently pending before the Court with these lesson plans, students will make predictions about how each of the nine Justices will vote. Based on the individual student predictions, each class will submit a set of group predictions for each case.
Fantasy Blogs & Badges
In addition to making predictions, each class will write a series of analytical blog posts for each case. By signing up your class for FantasySCOTUS, you will automatically receive a free WordPress blog hosted at the Harlan Institute.
The winner of the FantasySCOTUS Blogs & Badges Contest will be determined based on the class with the most points from badge.