Politics Department Moot Court - Thursday, April 13, 2017

Students in the Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties course participate in moot court on April 11, 13, and 18, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm, in Convocation Hall.

Students assume the roles of counsel and Supreme Court justices as they argue and judge cases.

The second of three cases, argued on April 13, is Packingham v. North Carolina and considers whether a law making it a felony for a person on the state's sex offender registry to access websites that enable communication among their users, including minors, violates the First Amendment. Here, petitioner was found to have violated his probation after a Facebook post in which he thanked God for the dismissal of his traffic ticket. Is this law unconstitutional in that, despite its stated interest in protecting youths, it also prohibits other outlets for speech protected by the First Amendment?

Arguing for the Mr. Packingham is Page Forrest and Luke Peglau; arguing for the state is Issam Bahour and Amber Layne. Abbey Shockley leads a bench including Joseph Motta and Wilks Halliday.

This moot court engages issues of civil liberties in an exciting and relevant way, and I hope you will attend!



Convocation Hall