Travis Ranch and Tuffree Moot Court teams compete in Orange County middle school competition

Moot court

Students from Travis Ranch School and Tuffree Middle School appeared in the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse on April 25 and May 2 to advocate before federal judges and local attorneys in the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County’s Middle School Moot Court Competition. 

Six students from Travis Ranch participated including four for prosecution and two for defense led by club advisor Kristen Erickson. Teammates included Dana Elquza, Alexa Ruiz, Jazzlyn Jurado, Claire Phee, Taylor Saint- Onge, and Eva Benemie.

Six Falcons from the Tuffree Law Club also attended including Jean-Hayley Cameron, Rachel Caraig, Micah Cavalluzzi, Alex Esquivel, Jenna Jacklin, and Theo Rhodes, led by coaches Sunshine and Tony Cavalluzzi and Kim Schultz.

Students worked in pairs arguing their motions, answering questions from the judge, and delivering rebuttal arguments countering their opposing teams’ positions during the two-day competition. The students have been preparing for the competition for months, meeting after school to learn about trial advocacy, examining a  set of hypothetical facts and related Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit cases, and developing arguments to bring and defend a pretrial motion involving the Miranda Rule and subsequent clarifying authorities. 

On May 3, during the Zoom awards presentation, Travis Ranch students Taylor Saint-Onge and Eva Benemie won 2nd place overall for prosecution out of 25 teams. Taylor also won our school MVP! Micah Cavalluzzi from Tuffree was also named “School MVP” as the highest-scoring individual from his school.

Congratulations to all!

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