The Good Hope Country Day School (GHCDS), coached by Beckstedt & Associates attorney Michael A. Rogers, won the V.I. Bar Association sponsored 23rd Annual Moot Court competition held May 16 – 18, 2017. The competition involved the First Amendment in the context of a hypothetical injunction to enjoin the Moot University of the Virgin Islands from relegating students protesting a controversial commencement speaker — the Moot President of the United States, Ronald J. Crump — to a designated “free speech zone.” A total of fifteen teams participated in the three-day competition.
A panel of three judges, including judges from the District Court of the Virgin Islands, the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, presided over the final day of the competition. The GHCDS team, comprised of Jade Bryan, Julian Bishop, and Jada Romer, presented arguments on behalf of the Appellee moot student protestors. In addition to the GHCDS team winning the competition, GHCDS student Julian Bishop took home the award of Best Oralist.