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Yale High School Moot Court Tournament 2020

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This is a High School tournament in Connecticut.

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The Yale Undergraduate Moot Court team is pleased to invite you to the Inaugural Yale High School Moot Court Tournament on April 4-5, 2020. This tournament will be taking place on the historic campus of Yale University, and competition and rounds will occur in university lecture halls and seminar rooms. 
Teams of two will be competing in a simulated Supreme Court experience called Moot Court. This year’s case deals with the rights that students have in public high schools, specifically involving the 1st and 4th amendment. The First Amendment issue involves if a principal can censor an individual’s senior yearbook quote based on content. The Fourth Amendment deals with if a school can require a strip search and urinalysis test based off of statements made off of school property. Student will argue these issues in front of a panel of judges who will interrupt with pertinent questions.
Rules and Format:
Each team of two competitors will represent either the Petitioner or Respondent in the case at bar. Teams will choose sides for each round via a coin flip. Each side has 20 minutes minutes to present oral argument. Petitioner speaks first, and respondent speaks second. Petitioner may reserve between 0-3 minutes from their oral argument and may split up the remaining time between their two speakers as they see fit, allowing a maximum of 10 minutes per speaker.
High school teams, coaches, and advisors may register for this tournament using Speechwire. Note: if your school/institution already has a Speechwire account (ex. associated with the speech or debate team), please create a new one and name it with your high school name and the ending "Moot Court."
Monday, March 30, 2020: 
  • New entries due in all events.
  • Registration fees frozen.
  • Drops can no longer be made online. They must be emailed to the tournament directly (kevin.xiao@yale.edu). There will be a $50 fine plus registration fees for each drop made after this time.
  • Competitor names and information for all events due.

Saturday, April 4, 2020:

  • Tournament registration commences at 10:00am and ends at 12:00pm.
  • Teams must bring their completed forms (see "Files for completion" section) to registration.
  • Teams that have not yet submitted their fees must bring a check payable to the Yale Undergraduate Moot Court Team to registration. Note: teams that lock in their entrees and submit their fees by Monday, March 16, are eligible for a $25 discount per entry of team of two.
  • Teams that have not registered without notifying the tournament director (kevin.xiao@yale.edu) by 12:00pm immediately forfeit their bids.
Fee Structure and Student/Coach Permission Forms
There will be a base school/institution fee of $50, and after that, there is a fee of $150 for every team of two competitors. Teams may check their invoices using Speechwire and should submit their fees in the form of a check to Yale Undergraduate Moot Court Team (address below). IMPORTANT: Teams can receive a $25 fee discount per entry of team of two by locking in their entrees and submitting their fees to Yale Undergraduate Moot Court Team (address below) by Monday, March 16, 2020. Teams can guarantee their entries by locking in their entries and submitting their fees to Yale Undergraduate Moot Court Team (address below) by Monday, March 30, 2020. After March 30, Yale Undergraduate Moot Court CANNOT guarantee entries for teams that have not submitted their fees. Please make all checks payable to the Yale Undergraduate Moot Court Team.
In addition, the host, Yale University, requires that all minor-participants and their parents, as well as their coaches/school representatives, grant permission for their students to participate. Minor-participants must complete and sign 3 forms (Waiver, Rules, and Media Release), which may be found in the "Files for download" section, and coaches, acting as school representatives, must sign 1 form (Supervision Agreement).
Please direct all fees and other correspondence to the President of the Yale Undergraduate Moot Court Team.
Yale Undergraduate Moot Court Team
ATTN Alex McGrath
206 Elm Street, Unit 200891
New Haven, CT 06520-0891
All questions about the tournament format, structure, and rules may be directed via email to Kevin Xiao (kevin.xiao@yale.edu).

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206 Elm Street
PO Box 200891
New Haven, CT 06520

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