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 Fisher v. University of Texas.
Resolved: Is the Fourteenth Amendment Color-Blind?
The RulesThis competition has two stages, which mirror the process by which attorneys litigate cases.
Stage One: The BriefingA team of two students will be responsible for writing an appellate brief arguing for one side of the topic. This brief will be posted on their class’s FantasySCOTUS. Blog posts will be due by February 28, 2013. Completed briefs will be awarded the ConSource Badge.
- The first round of oral arguments, the District court, will match up the top eight teams, in February of 2013.
- The four teams that advance will meet up in the second round of oral arguments, the Court of Appeals, in March of 2013.
- The top two teams that advance will meet in the final round of oral arguments, the Supreme Court, in April of 2013. These two teams will compete virtually in front of a panel of prominent appellate attorneys. The winners will be crowned the Solicitors General of FantasySCOTUS, and win an amazing prize.