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Mock Trial and Dinner

“An evening of high farce before the high court” Legal Times

A sell out every year!

The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Annual Dinner and Mock Trial 
Monday, May 19, 2014
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Argument

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, presiding
Justice Stephen Breyer
Chief Judge Merrick Garland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Judge Patricia Millett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Judge David Tatel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Counsel for the Defendant (Duke of Vienna):
Kathleen M. Sullivan, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Counsel for the Plaintiff (Isabella):
Roberta Kaplan, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, LLP

Pamela Talkin, Supreme Court of the United States

Exclusive Dinner and Trial Tickets
Tickets to the Dinner and Trial at $350 per person are available now, please call Ray Bracken at 202.547.3230 ext. 2330.

This year's scenario is based on Measure for Measure:

The Duke of Vienna entrusted Angelo with the power of his office while he hid among the people to observe how everyone behaved in his absence.  Isabella, who suffered greatly under Angelo’s misrule, eventually sued the Duke for myriad abuses, including illegal secret surveillance, false imprisonment, negligent appointment of an unfit deputy, and his disrespect for her commitment to her religious vows.  But can the Duke be hauled into court for common law torts, or is the suit barred because most of Isabella’s complaints involve non-justiciable political questions, or because the Duke enjoys qualified immunity from suit for her complaints?

Read the full scenario.

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