In the fall of 2020, twenty-eight New York City Department of Education high schools competed virtually in the thirty-sixth annual MENTOR Moot Court Competition co-hosted by Fordham University School of Law and the Justice Resource Center. Each team partnered with a law firm or legal organization to help the students prepare and develop oral arguments on constitutional questions of law.
The students argued: 1) whether fictional plaintiff, Miley Tenner’s high school violated her Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches when school officials remotely accessed and searched Tenner’s personal email communications on her school-issued device, and 2) whether the school deprived Tenner of her fundamental right to an education by suspension without due process required by the Fourteenth Amendment.
The two finalist teams, Brooklyn Technical High School and James Madison High School competed virtually before a distinguished panel of judges on December 16, 2020. Brooklyn Technical High School, coached by Cahill Gordon & Reindel, LLP, was the 2020 MENTOR Moot Court champion team.