Harlem Youth Show Off Knowledge and Skill in Moot Court

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The Street Law participants at The Children’s Aid Society’s Hope Leadership Academy in Harlem concluded their program with a successful Moot Court on Friday, April 8th at the Fried Frank Law Firm. The event showcased the students’ accomplishments and growth. The Street Law curriculum at Hope consists of 10 interactive lessons centered around the 4th Amendment (Search and Seizure).

The participants, with the guidance of their New York Law School student trainers, worked on developing arguments for a case involving searches conducted on school property. Before a panel of three judges, the students took turns debating both sides. Some argued that the searches were excessively intrusive while others represented the school’s interests arguing that the searches were a necessary way to maintain school safety. Both sides cited past cases to support their positions.

The Moot Court session was followed by a celebration that included food, drinks and a ceremony to honor students and mentors alike. Moot Court winners were awarded gift bags including gift certificates, movie tickets and t-shirts. The students took the opportunity to thank their volunteer mentors from New York Law School, presenting them with certificates of appreciation.

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