26 Law Magnet Students From South Mountain Compete in the Annual South Mountain Moot Court Competition

Posted by Community Relations on 11/18/2015

Twenty-six Law Magnet students from South Mountain’s Government and the Law and Government and the Law Honors classes competed in the annual South Mountain Moot Court Competition, November 14 at ASU.  This competition is designed to select the four representatives of South Mountain High School and Arizona State Universities College of Law for the 8th Annual Marshall Brennan National Moot Court Competition in April in Washington D.C.

The four students selected to go to Nationals are Patricia Rodelo, Rafael Reyes, Jesus Flores and Kayla Ballesteros.  They will begin training in April in preparation of continuing South Mountain's success at the National Competition, which includes a National Semi-finalist in every year of the program; a National Finalist in 2014 in Markaya Hill; and National Champions Ambra Jordan (2009) and Eugenia Anane-Wae (2014).

This year's problem is about the restriction of free speech and religion based upon using a rosary as a potential gang symbol at public/school event.  The students are asked to argue for either the Petitioner (the student) or the Respondent (the school) in front of a panel of three-to-four judges.  In the preliminary and semifinal rounds, the panel of judges was made up of ASU Law Students.  In the final round, the judges were three attorneys from Jones, Skelton and Hochuli.