South Student Becomes Moot Court National Champion

Posted by Community Relations Department on 4/16/2014

Eugenia Anane-Wae, a South Mountain High School Law Magnet student, became a National Champion at the Marshall-Brennan National Moot Court Competition at American University in Washington, D.C., April 5. 

Four South Mountain students took part in the competition that is fashioned after an appellate oral argument, similar to what would occur in the United States Supreme Court.  Markaya Hill, who was one of four finalists, Alexis Carter, one of 24 national semifinalists and Logan Spahr competed against high school teams, coached by 14 colleges of law.  South’s team is coached by ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students.

The two final matches featured South Mountain and ASU against a Connecticut high school trained by Yale Law School students. 

Over 500 urban high school students participate in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project nationally, studying constitutional law with law-school students.  The project is named after former Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and William Brennan.  Fifty students qualified for the nationals.

The South Mountain four were selected from 30 students who were judged by ASU Law students and selected in November.  They were coached by ASU Law students Cory Tyszka, Chris Steckbauer, Jennifer Lee-Cota, and Joni Noggle. 

Anane-Wae is the second national champion from South Mountain in six years of the program.  Ambra Jordan won in 2009. 

“What an outstanding accomplishment to send three of four students to the semifinals and two to the finals, let alone having the National Champion.  It’s a testament to the work put in the by the students and their confidence in their abilities, which grew with each round,” South Mountain Law Magnet program manager Matthew Smith said.   “The training brought by the law students from ASU was exceptional and provided our Law Magnet students with an opportunity that will always remember.  It is truly a great competition and program supported by ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.” 

The South students were able to visit a number of memorials in D.C.  (FDR, MLK, Lincoln, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, the Washington Monument) as well as the White House, Air and Space Museum, and the United States Supreme Court.