AP Government Class Moot Court: Lincoln
Judge Vaitheswaran listens as a student justice asks a question during oral arguments.
On April 16-17, four jurists from Iowa’s highest courts – Justices Brent Appel and Edward Mansfield of the Iowa Supreme Court and Judges Mary Tabor and Anu Vaitheswaran of the Iowa Court of Appeals – served as the “chief justices” for moot court arguments in Advanced Placement Government classes at Hoover, Lincoln and Roosevelt high schools.
The four real jurists were joined by a panel of student justices to hear arguments by student attorneys in two cases currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. This hands-on exercise was a key lesson in learning about the American judicial system, and is an example of the effort by Des Moines Public Schools to expand AP courses in all five high schools.