Liberty High School

Liberty Graduate Meets Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sep 25, 2014

Chatterjee with Justice GinsburgUma Chatterjee, a 2014 graduate of Liberty High School and former legal studies student at the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center, recently got the opportunity to meet Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Chatterjee and her family were invited to Washington, D.C. to hear Justice Ginsburg’s Constitution Day speech on Wednesday, September 17.

The trip was the grand prize for winning first place in the national Virtual Supreme Court Competition hosted by Harlan Institute and ConSource in April 2014.

Chatterjee, along with current Centennial High School senior Michelle McEvoy, won a national championship for their arguments regarding the president’s power to make appointments when the Senate is in recess.

The competition offers teams of two high school students the opportunity to write persuasive appellate briefs, argue against other students through online video chats and to persuade a panel of esteemed attorneys during oral argument that their side is correct.

Students involved in the government and public administration program at Career and Technical Education Center participated in the contest along with students from across the country.

Chatterjee shared these comments following her trip:

“Meeting her and hearing the most influential woman of our time speak was the greatest experience of my life. When I met her one-on-one without the press, she told me she knew who I was and had watched my winning performance in the final round of the National Supreme Court competition. She told me that I had ‘profound oral argument and analysis talents way beyond my years’ and said she had no doubt that I would be on the bench one day... and I almost cried. I hope I can live up to Her Honor's expectations and serve our country as she has.”

Learn More

  • Click here to read more about the competition and watch video of the championship round.