Virtual Supreme Court 2023

Ages:High School

Types:Submission, Performance

Categories:Law, politics & government, US Government Affairs

Scope:National

Registration

Registration for this competition has ended.

Contact

Josh Blackman
info@harlaninstitute.org

The Harlan Institute and Ashbrook announce the Twelfth Annual Virtual Supreme Court Competition. This competition offers teams of two high school students the opportunity to research cutting-edge constitutional law, write persuasive appellate briefs, argue against other students through video chats, and try to persuade a panel of esteemed attorneys during oral argument that their side is correct. This year the competition focuses on Moody v. NetChoice.

Teams of two high-school students will write an appellate brief, and present oral arguments, addressing these questions: These cases concern laws enacted by Florida and Texas to regulate major social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and X (formerly known as Twitter). The two laws differ in some respects, but both restrict platforms’ ability to engage in content moderation by removing, editing, or arranging user-generated content; require platforms to provide individualized explanations for certain forms of content moderation; and require general disclosures about platforms’ content moderation practices. The questions presented are: 1. Whether the laws’ content-moderation restrictions comply with the First Amendment. 2. Whether the laws’ individualized-explanation requirements comply with the First Amendment. Petitioners will argue that laws' content moderation restrictions and individualized-explanation requirements do comply with the First Amendment. Respondents will argue that laws' content moderation restrictions and individualized-explanation requirements do not comply with the First Amendment.

Visit the competition website for the evaluation criteria: https://harlaninstitute.org/virtual-supreme-court/

Website: https://harlaninstitute.org/virtual-supreme-court/

Managing Organization: The Harlan Institute

Contact:
Josh Blackman
info@harlaninstitute.org

Eligibility:
All High School students in the United States are eligible.

Registration Opens: October 2, 2023

Registration Closes: December 16, 2023

Overview

The Harlan Institute and Ashbrook announce the Twelfth Annual Virtual Supreme Court Competition. This competition offers teams of two high school students the opportunity to research cutting-edge constitutional law, write persuasive appellate briefs, argue against other students through video chats, and try to persuade a panel of esteemed attorneys during oral argument that their side is correct. This year the competition focuses on Moody v. NetChoice.

Process

Teams of two high-school students will write an appellate brief, and present oral arguments, addressing these questions: These cases concern laws enacted by Florida and Texas to regulate major social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and X (formerly known as Twitter). The two laws differ in some respects, but both restrict platforms’ ability to engage in content moderation by removing, editing, or arranging user-generated content; require platforms to provide individualized explanations for certain forms of content moderation; and require general disclosures about platforms’ content moderation practices. The questions presented are: 1. Whether the laws’ content-moderation restrictions comply with the First Amendment. 2. Whether the laws’ individualized-explanation requirements comply with the First Amendment. Petitioners will argue that laws' content moderation restrictions and individualized-explanation requirements do comply with the First Amendment. Respondents will argue that laws' content moderation restrictions and individualized-explanation requirements do not comply with the First Amendment.

Criteria

Visit the competition website for the evaluation criteria: https://harlaninstitute.org/virtual-supreme-court/

Participate

Website: https://harlaninstitute.org/virtual-supreme-court/

Managing Organization: The Harlan Institute

Contact:
Josh Blackman
info@harlaninstitute.org

Eligibility:
All High School students in the United States are eligible.

Deadlines

Registration Opens: October 2, 2023

Registration Closes: December 16, 2023