December 16, 2015 – This month, 16 high school students from Fort Hamilton’s Law Academy participated in the Library Lab visit to the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse. The Library Lab is part of the JRC’s Legal Research & Writing course and was created in partnership with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals as one of the Federal Court Visits offered to MENTOR schools. Circuit Librarians host students in the courthouse library, give them a tour and overview of legal research, and guide them through researching a First Amendment case decided by the Second Circuit. During lunch, students meet with a federal judge to discuss the case and the judicial system. Below are three students’ perspectives from Fort Hamilton’s visit.
Fort Hamilton HS students research the Guiles v. Marineau case using legal research software tools.
December 14, 2015 – Congratulations to High School of American Studies at Lehman College for their victory in the 31st MENTOR Moot Court Final Round! The team competed against Stuyvesant High School at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse on December 10 with four federal judges presiding. Several participating schools, attorneys and educators came to watch as both finalists gave their arguments. Many thanks to all participants this year!
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 – Congratulations to Forest Hills High School and James Madison High School for earning the top two spots in the We The People NYC competition! Over 120 students competed at MLK High School, hosted by the Justice Resource Center. Classes of students from Forest Hills High School, James Madison High School, Harry S. Truman High School, Midwood High School, and Queens Vocational and Technical High School presented arguments about the Constitution’s relevance and answered judges’ questions during rounds of mock Congressional hearings.