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I'm a college student doing my first Moot Court mock trial for appeals. Any advice?

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Pretty nervous. The case at hand is State of New Jersey v. T.L.O. (I will represent the appellant T.L.O.)

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Speak slowly.

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just tell the truth.


Do as many moots as possible ahead of the competition.

Specifically, with regards to your particular case, study the oral argument from the original case. You should expect that the judges will ask similar questions.

Best of luck!

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Thanks!...My arguments will circle around: 1) Loco Parentis: the school was state funded, therefore the principal was acting more likely on the behalf of the state and as an agent of the state, as opposed to a parent. 2) A third eye witness (alongside the teacher) was present during the time of the infraction who could have testified whether or not the defendant was smoking. The vice principal did not make use of her eye witness account. 3) Even if the initial intrusion to find cigarettes was justifiable, the principal had no authority to take an assertive action to stop crime. That is the role of a police officer. If he does, that then becomes a personal choice, which does not coincide with a constitutional search.


Know the record. Listen to and Answer the Judge's questions directly. Stay focused.

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