Much gratitude to HPE for an amazing event

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo encouraging the debaters

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo encouraging the debaters

On March 28, six SVUDL debaters did something few adults- let alone few high school students- ever do in their lives: they argued a case before a panel of federal judges! Denise, Mariam, and Destiny from San Jose faced off against Yvonne, Liz, and Fernanda from East Palo Alto, arguing 1st and 4th amendment issues in a (fictitious) case about cell phone privacy and school safety. With incredible support from their coaches and mentors, these young women crafted and presented strong arguments and acted with aplomb and confidence when being grilled by the judges. 

The debaters with the Honorable Judge John Owens and the Honorable Judge Michelle Friedland, both from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and  the Honorable Judge Ed Davila from the District Court Northern District.

The debaters with the Honorable Judge John Owens and the Honorable Judge Michelle Friedland, both from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and  the Honorable Judge Ed Davila from the District Court Northern District.

The list of people who made this event such a success is longer than a single post can accommodate, but we're deeply grateful to HPE for hosting, for Slater Hersey and Lieberman and Mayer Brown attorneys for coaching our  teams for this event, to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo for attending and inspiring our students, and to all who attended. The Moot Court was followed by an insightful panel discussion about increasing diversity in the legal field. We're inspired to see so many people committed to diversity and equality of opportunity coming together, and we look forward to partnering with many of you!