All Rise For The Judge!

The Moot Court competition is a prestigious event attended by Federal Judges, DAs and other law professionals. Left to right: teacher Rachel Cymbalista, students Asma Halimi, Meghan Kramer, Jason Girard, Hailey Hamilton and teacher Nicole Costanza.
The Moot Court competition is a prestigious event attended by Federal Judges, DAs and other law professionals. Left to right: teacher Rachel Cymbalista, students Asma Halimi, Meghan Kramer, Jason Girard, Hailey Hamilton and teacher Nicole Costanza.

On November 13th, the Walt Whitman High School Moot Court team competed in their first competition at the Federal Court in Central Islip.  The 2017 Long Island Mentor Moot Court Tournament is part of a new civics education program (that began last year) for Long Island high schools through a partnership between the Nassau County Bar Association, Hofstra University Law School, the Federal Bar Association, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the Justice Resource Center.  The program is part of the civics education initiative by the federal courts of the Second Circuit called “Justice for All: Courts and the Community.”  The competition is in the form of a mock oral argument in which the students play the role of lawyers arguing before the United States Supreme Court on a constitutional question.  

Jason Girard, Asma Halimi, Hailey Hamilton and Meghan Kramer did a phenomenal job. They won both their rounds and were highly praised by the federal justices, district attorneys, defense attorneys and law clerks who grilled them during questioning.  The team was assisted in their preparation by teachers Rachel Cymbalist and Nicole Costanza and lawyer Allan Hecht.  Congratulations to the team on a great performance in your first year!