Mooting Topics

Religious Symbols: Ten Commandments – (Group 1) this moot will feature the placement of a monument depicting the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol Building and whether doing so violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. (redo page to include only Texas case)

Religious Symbols: Memorial Cross (Group 2) – like the case being argued by Group 1, this case deals with a presumptively religious display on public property.

In School Student Speech – (Group 3) in this moot students will present arguments concerning the rights students in public schools. Specifically, students will address the limits of free speech rights.

Out of School Student Speech (Group 4) – this case involves whether schools may suspend a student for speech, even if the speech takes place away from school.

Drug Dog Searches (Group 5) – can drug dog’s determination that there are drugs on the premises of a private residence operate as probable cause allowing for a search of the premises without a warrant? This is the issue students in the group will seek to answer.

Blood Alcohol Tests (Group 6) – to be posted

Prior Moots

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  • Legislative Prayer – in this moot students will argue over whether local governmental bodies can open public meeting with a prayer, the overwhelming majority of which are overtly Christian.
  • Religious Symbols – in this moot Group 1 will argue over whether the placement of a monument depicting the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol Building violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Group 2 will take up a similar case dealing with the placement of display containing the Ten Commandments in a county courthouse.
  • Search Warrant for Smartphones – do the police need a search warrant in order to search the contents of a smartphone? This was the issue before the Court in the landmark 2014 case.
  • Violent Video Game Ban – in this moot students will present arguments concerning whether the State of California has violated First Amendment free speech rights by banning the sale of violent video games to minors.
  • Affirmative Action
  • Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones – this moot involves the Court revisiting prior precedent which allowed for court imposed buffer zones to be created around abortion clinics in which anti-abortion protesters were prohibited from exercising their right to free speech.
  • Graduation School Prayer – in this moot students will present arguments concerning whether the practice of having a member of the clergy lead a prayer at a high school graduation violates the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause, which requires a separation of church and state.
  • Speech Restrictions at Polling Places – the right to vote vs. freedom of speech. Those are the competing rights facing students in this moot about whether state law may restrict people from wearing clothing with a political message when they go to vote.
  • Out of School Student Speech – this case involves whether schools may suspend a student for speech, even if the speech takes place away from school.
  • Student-Initiated Prayer – here the issue involves a prayer at school sponsored event, given by a student elected by the student body to do so.
  • Texas License Plates – in this moot students will present argument concerning whether the State of Texas properly refused a request from the Sons of the Confederate to print specialty license plates on its behalf when the State had already done so for numerous other organizations.