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Moot Court Honor Society Hosts Educational Event at Mesa College

Published: September 27, 2019

Kudos to the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Moot Court Honor Society, whose members traveled to Mesa College for Constitution Day on September 17th.  In an educational event for Mesa College students, the team presented arguments in a pending case as they would were they appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. The team used as its demonstration case Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, which raises the question of whether Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The case involves a transgender woman, Aimee Stephens, who was fired from her job as a funeral director after informing the funeral home owner that she was going to transition from male to female. Thanks to Professor Emeritus Julie Greenberg, for coaching the team, providing introductory remarks to the Mesa College students, and judging the session. Thanks also to Professor Steve Semeraro, for his coaching of the team, judging, and endless support of our students. The three students who argued the case were Thea Jaucian (argument of the Solicitor General), Fernando Arroyo (argument for Harris Funeral Homes), and Moot Court Honor Society Chair Dallas Doering (argument for Aimee Stephens). Also participating were Moot Court Honor Society Vice Chair Macy Valdes, Cristian Palafox, and Gonzalo Quezada.