Poolesville students argue their way to number one in state Moot Court competition -- Gazette.Net


Two students from Poolesville High School won the Maryland State Championship at the second annual Moot Court State Invitational tournament at University of Baltimore Law School.

Juniors Courtney Steininger, 15, of Darnestown and William Durr, 15, of Poolesville, argued legal issues in front of a number of Maryland attorneys and a few sitting district court judges.

The case the students argued involved a First Amendment challenge to the suspension of two students who had exercised their free speech rights in school.

AP Social Studies Teacher Tim Short helped the students prepare their arguments, Courtney said.

“We enjoyed the prep, reading a lot of case law, and it was a lot to memorize,” William said.

After winning quarter and semi-finals, the students defeated the team from Owings Mills High School for the championship.

“The judges before whom Courtney and William presented their arguments could not have been more complimentary of their preparation, professionalism and ability. The comment was repeatedly made that their presentations would have compared favorably to those of practicing attorneys before many of our appellate courts. I can also say that Tim [Short, faculty advisor], Courtney and William conducted themselves with great maturity, class, and character and were fitting representatives of your fine school,” Christopher S. Lambert, Esquire, Maryland Invitational Moot Court Tournament, wrote in a letter to Poolesville High School.