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Moot Court Competition to Test High School Students Powers of Persuasion

January 28, 2010

What: More than 40 students from seven Philadelphia high schools will demonstrate their rhetorical skills and their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution at the 2010 Drexel University Marshall-Brennan Moot Court Competition.

The daylong event will be held at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University as part of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. Finalists will advance to the national Marshall-Brennan Moot Court Competition, to be held on March 20 and 21, where they will face winners from other cities across the U.S. Through the project, law school students teach teens in city high schools about the American system of justice, the relevance of the Constitution in their lives and the art of skillful argument.

Who: Students will argue a Fourth Amendment case involving the privacy rights of high school students through three rounds of competition that will culminate in a final round to be judged by Judge Mark I. Bernstein, Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson and Judge John Milton Younge of the Court of Common Pleas.

Visuals: The fictional case involves a high school student who is asked to submit to a search of her computer and person by school officials who suspect she improperly obtained the answers to a test.

When: Friday, January 29, 2010, at 9 a.m. The final round will be argued at 3:15 p.m.

Where: The Earle Mack School of Law at 3320 Market Street


News media contacts: Sarah Greenblatt, communications manager, Earle Mack School of Law 215-571-4804 or

Niki Gianakaris, director, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or

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