Students from four Philadelphia high schools who prevailed in the law school’s Jan. 29 Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Moot Court Competition advanced to the national competition, which will be held on April 2-3.
George Washington Carver High School student Bradley Harley, who was coached by 2Ls Joanna Suder and John Wheeland, was the Best Oral Advocate.
Second Place Advocate Allison Patterson, a student at the Science Leadership Academy, was coached by 3L Ken Dugan and 2L Sam Haaz.
Finalists Nate Hudwell and Cassandra McAndrews of the Creative and Performing Arts High School were coached by 2Ls Jamie Gershkow and Claudia Shank and by 2Ls Brieanna Wheeland and John Kuehne respectively.
SeQuanna Daniels of Edward W. Bok Technical High School, coached by 2Ls Alex Scanlon, Mike Cavaliere and Monica Simmons, and Deandra Jefferson of CAPA High School, coached by 2Ls Alexandra Beuchler and Alex Feldman, also advanced.
The contestants represented both sides in a fictitious First Amendment case involving a female high school student who was suspended for wearing a tuxedo to class.
The final round of competition was judged by the Honorable Glynnis Hill and the Honorable Renee Cardwell Hughes, of the Court of Common Pleas.
Students from the law school have taught the teens about the U.S. Constitution over the course of the current school year.
The national competition will include winners from in Baton Rouge, La., Boston, Mass., Camden, N.J., Louisville, Ky., New Haven, Conn., Tempe, Ariz., Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.