Welcome! Our names are Daniel Ragheb and Nick Maxwell, and we are excited to be your staffers for the Supreme Court committee. First, here’s a bit about us:
Daniel (or Danny!) is a senior from Los Angeles, California concentrating in Neurobiology and Government. He enjoys playing basketball, eating, and teaching HMC to name a few hobbies! He is passionate about, and is always happy to chat about, mental health, medicine, and psychology. Of course, one of his favorite topics is the Supreme Court - this will be his final time staffing it for Harvard Model Congress San Francisco, and he can’t wait to meet you!
Nick is a sophomore in Currier House studying Government and Economics. Originally from Granville, Ohio, he’s proud to hail from the Midwest - the undisputed best region of the country. Outside of HMC, he competes on the Mock Trial team, helps clients through the Small Claims Advisory Service, and organizes events for the Alexander Hamilton Society. When he's not doing schoolwork or running between meetings, Nick can be found re-watching the West Wing, reading The Economist, or admiring pictures of his two dogs back home. HMCSF 2020 will be his second time staffing an HMC conference, and he can’t wait!
The Supreme Court is the highest court in the judicial branch of the United States government. You will all be acting as both Justices of the Court and lawyers arguing before the Court during the conference. This is an incredible opportunity, as you will be seeing a very different side of Harvard Model Congress. Your primary role as members of the Supreme Court then, will be to decipher the intricacies of constitutional law and how past decisions inform how you should apply the law to the case at hand. It is important to know that you will not be arguing the facts of the case - instead, you will be debating the complex legal issues that arise when one part of the law comes into conflict with another. Decisions you make will potentially have consequences that will last for centuries, and how you rule during the conference will make up how future generations of scholars and Justices will think about law, the Constitution, and the country as a whole.
Some examples of the cases which you will be discussing include how to balance freedom of religion to law guaranteeing equal protection, as well as questions arising from mental health and when someone can be deemed legally insane in court. Until the conference, you should focus on familiarizing yourself with the judicial system of the United States and reading a few landmark cases. We will be in contact with a specific pre-conference assignment in the near future. We are so excited to meet you all at HMC San Francisco this year!
We can’t wait to meet all of you for what we will be the best Supreme Court session yet! We’ve been preparing all year for your arrival and look forward to hearing you debate, collaborate, and learn with us. If you have any questions about the committee or conference in general, feel free to reach out to us.