Short abstracts of the presentations were submitted by many of the speakers in advance of the conference. The titles of those that were submitted are underlined; to view those abstracts, click on the title.

Title: Joining Forces In Justice Education: Linking Mock Trials And Appellate Advocacy To Teach About Fundamental Freedoms In A Global Context

Lead Presenter: Melinda Cooperman


  1. Freda Grealy
  2. İremnur Celiloğulları
  3. John Lunney
  4. Rick Roe
  5. Yusuf Sertac Serter

Session Abstract: This session will showcase a unique inter-institutional and international collaboration model that gives law students and high school students the opportunity to get hands-on experience learning trial skills and appellate advocacy skills through participating in advocacy simulations. The collaboration began with the Georgetown University Street Law Clinic and the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at American University Washington College of Law teaming up for the first time to create a law related experiential learning program for high school students that spans two academic years and both civic education programs. The base of the collaboration is the 2015 Street Law mock trial problem, which examines the dimensions of expression through demonstrations, a highly relevant topic in the US and globally. Because the core problem and collaborative model can readily modified and adapted to different national laws and circumstances to expose students around the world to the full breadth of their home judicial systems, we invited a number of our international partners to join us in this project. Our partners from the Law Society of Ireland and Anadolu University in Eskişehir, Turkey will demonstrate how they adapted the problem and collaboration model to their home countries. Our presentation will be in the form of a three part workshop where we will demonstrate our learner centered, discovery based, teaching methodology that we use in our mock trial and moot court programs to teach law and advocacy. Participants will learn concrete skills they can use in their home country programs to introduce higher level critical thinking into their justice education programs. Practically, we will engage with the mock trial problem, using our teaching methodology through hands-on activities and we will challenge participants to think through how they can adapt our teaching methodology to their own subject matter and programs. We will then explain our U.S. based inter-institutional appellate advocacy collaboration program where students have the opportunity on engage with the entire U.S. judicial process by taking a case from the trial court through the appeals process, and also explore how our international partners in justice education have been able to adapt our model to their home judicial systems. Finally, we will shift to appellate advocacy skills and participants will work together to construct appellate style arguments based on the laws of the three different countries that have participated in our collaboration.

Session Material:

  1. GAJE MT One Pager
  2. US Legal Precedent
  3. Lee v MPS Mock Trial Mini Modified
  4. Irish Legal Precedent
  5. DO NOW see think wonder

See full list of abstracts here.