The Supreme Court is one of the most powerful entities in the United States government. It has the ability to strike down a law made by Congress and signed by the President. In doing so, the Supreme Court can chart the country’s course forward on issues from universal healthcare to affirmative action to gun control—and many more in between. Arguing on either side of a case, or ruling on one, is a huge responsibility. It’s also one we hope you’re excited to undertake come January!
This year on the Supreme Court, you’ll be arguing three important and interesting cases. The first covers issues of privacy and government overreach as it relates to national security and the Apple iPhone, the second case focuses on the freedom of speech granted in the First Amendment, and the third case centers around the One Person One Vote doctrine.
All three cases are complicated and challenging, but we’re sure that you’ll work hard to come up with exciting arguments on both sides. We look forward to hearing them in Hong Kong!
To prepare for your work on the Supreme Court, you should read each case thoroughly and devise arguments in support of both sides. You should outline the important constitutional questions and come up with answers to them. You should also anticipate questions justices may ask and be prepared to address counterarguments. At the conference, you’ll be making these arguments to us and to your peers—and you’ll also being hearing the arguments they’ve worked on leading up to conference.
HMC Asia is a great to place to meet new people and learn new things about the American government, the political progress, and just how to make a strong argument and deliver it with conviction—an important skill in any walk of life! We’re thrilled to be part of that experience, and we can’t wait for the conference. Please let us know if you have any questions at all.
We look forward to meeting you all soon!
All the best,
Caroline Tervo and Will Smiles
Chairs, Supreme Court of the United States
Each delegate will submit a one-minute speech for each case; delegates should choose for which side of the debate they decide to write their speech. These will be due on December 30th and should be sent to your committee chairs over email (see below). Delegates should use this opportunity to study the cases and become familiar with the topics at hand in order to prepare for the conference. Committee chairs will provide feedback on these assignments before the conference.