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Hundreds of DC High School Students Prepare for Their Day in Court

This story comes to us from Sarah Medway:

On March 31st and April 4th, hundreds of DC high school students will flock to the DC Superior Court to litigate cases in a mock trial competition hosted by Georgetown University Law Center, in conjunction with DC Public Schools.   The two rounds of competition will bring together the legal community in an unprecedented show of support for DCPS students: actual local judges from the DC Superior Court will preside over the mock trials, Georgetown Law students will coach the teams, and Department of Justice attorneys will act as trial mentors.

The hypothetical case being litigated revolves around a highly pertinent issue: cyberbullying.  The plaintiff, a high school student, sues a peer to recover for emotional distress, and also brings an action against his high school for negligent supervision, following alleged bullying via a social networking site and text messages.

The tournament is the culmination of a year-long Street Law course taught by Georgetown Law students, who teach DC high school students about numerous legal issues and how to better participate in their community.  The course resonates strongly with the high school participants. “Making objections is my favorite part of trial.  It’s a tough job, because you have to jump up  
in a quiet courtroom to protect your client.  But that’s what I’m going to be doing at the competition: I’m an objector,” said a Luke Moore high school student who will be acting as a plaintiff attorney at the competition.