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May 05, 2014

Moot Appellate Court: State-Appointed Counsel

Grade Level:



Students will participate in a moot appellate court argument dealing with the fictional case of Lee Richardson v. Lincoln. The fact pattern involves a challenge to a state law that restricts when counsel is appointed for criminal defendants. This moot court experience will provide students with an understanding of how the adversarial court system works, how the courts review the constitutionality of legislation, and the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. 

Time needed:

60-120 minutes


Materials required:

Moot Appellate Court lesson plan with handouts


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices