Tanner Bean, McKenna Mills Collins,
Jessica Farnsworth, Joshua Prince
Four members of the Center Management Board competed in the Touro Law Center's Fourth Annual National Law and Religion Moot Court. The two teams, 3Ls Tanner Bean and McKenna Mills Collins, and 2Ls Jessica Farnsworth and Joshua Prince, each wrote an appellate brief as if briefing for the U.S. Supreme Court, on both sides of a religious freedom issue. Specifically, the students argued whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding from Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church v. E.E.O.C., concerning the ministerial exception’s application to employment discrimination claims, should extend to cover wrongful termination claims about breach of contract and retaliatory discharge. Then, on April 2-3, 2017, the students traveled to Touro Law Center in Central Islip, New York, to compete in the oral portion of the competition, arguing both sides of the case. Jessica Farnsworth and Joshua Prince’s oral advocacy earned them a finish in the octo-finals of the competition. Tanner Bean and McKenna Mills advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition.