Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hyde School Moot Court is Now in Session!
This week in Senior Government, students participated in a moot court exercise which simulates a Supreme Court hearing wherein the the court is asked to rule
on a lower court's decision. The seniors prepared arguments based on a legal question and debated the issue. Students served as both the judges and attorneys arguing for the parties in the case.
The student “lawyers” presented oral arguments in the case of Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier. The issue focused on how the First Amendment applies to student-run newspapers. The teams argued each side and the student “judge” issued their decision based on the law and the facts.
Hyde School’s Moot Court served as an innovative teaching tool to explain the workings of the US Federal Courts and how a case gets heard by the highest court in the land, as well as focusing students' attention on underlying legal principles and concepts of justice. The exercise allowed students to have fun while building upon their public speaking skills, ability to think critically and quickly, and their collaborative learning skills.