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Appellate Moot Court Competition


2015 Appellate Moot Court Competition

The Appellate Moot Court Committee is excited about the upcoming 21st Annual Appellate Moot Court Competition.  The Competition will take place from May 26-28, 2015.  The First Round will be held on St. Croix on May 26 and on St. Thomas on May 27. The final round will be held on St. Thomas on May 28, 2015.  The schedule of activities will be distributed closer to the competition date. Members are invited to attend.


This year the students have been presented with a challenging hypothetical case involving a legal action for declaratory relief brought by Virgin Islanders asserting that the Fourteenth Amendment's Citizenship Clause extends to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and that people born in the U.S. Virgin Islands are therefore U.S. citizens at birth pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.


We need volunteer Attorney coaches on each island.  If you are willing to volunteer, please contact the Committee Chair, Ernest Morris, Jr., Esq. directly at, or the Bar office at (340)-778-7497.



 2014 Appellate Moot Court Competition

 The Virgin Islands High School Mock Trial Program is an exciting law-related education program that introduces students to the American legal system and provides a challenging opportunity for personal growth and achievement. Students will exercise their critical thinking and teamwork skills, as well as the basic skills learned in the classroom.

2014 Moot Court Competition.... more

Charlotte Amalie High School 2014 Moot Court Competition Winners from left to right: Ernest Morris, Jr., Esq., VIBA Moot Court Committee Chairman; S. Aliya Charlery, Esq., Coach, Benjamain Bougouneau,student; Sheila Joseph, student; Kmanza Tongue, student;  Lambakisye Richardson, Faculty Advisor.

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