Alexter Thompson to represent the United States in international moot court
By Nusrat Afrin, '18
Public Service & Law senior Alexter Thompson will be traveling to Holland this January to represent the United States in the International Moot Court Competition.
Alexter is currently practicing for the competition at one of the law firms with a total of 12 students that has been selected to participate in this Moot Court Competition from New York City. The entire team is being sponsored by the Justice Resource Center for the competition that will take place in the Netherlands from January 16th to 22nd.
“Alexter is a tremendously ambitious young man. He possesses the capacity to understand very complex subjects in a very simple manner,” said Mr. Cichon, the Moot Court Advisor. Aside from teaching Alexter for the past three years, Mr. Cichon have also helped him prepare for two city Moot Courts, the national Moot Court, and the application and tryout process for international Moot Court. “His ability to critically analyze the materials that is quite complex abstract and to put it in a concrete manner is a skill that he has developed over the past three years, each year continuing with a greater level of excellence,” states the Public Service & Law Teacher.
The International Criminal Court is Appellate Court and a Criminal Court at the same time. Moot Court Competitions are made to emulate the United States Justice System. Alexter had been a part of the Moot Court team since his sophomore year at Hillcrest. “I wasn't always interested in law, but I'm glad I got into it,” said Alexter.
As a sophomore, Alexter participated in his first Moot Court Competition, and he wasn't able to do his best. He wanted to improve his performance and participated in another Moot Court competition in his junior year. Later on, he tried out for the International Moot Court Competition and he made it. “Sometimes I feel pressured but ultimately I am excited,” said Alexter. As part of the tryout for the competition, Alexter had to come up with a two-minute argument based upon a problem and the maturity of his intelligence had led the judges to come up with a decision of Alexter being a part of the team to represent the United States.
Preparing for this competition has created many hardships for Alexter with his school work. He has been practicing after-school several times a week, and it has added stress because Alexter strives to be an Honor Roll student every semester. With the support of his family, he has been able to face these hardships. Alexter looks up to his older brother as an inspiration who also has an interest in the law field. “It is now my desire to become a lawyer,” Alexter stated.
With the growing pressure and tension, Alexter is very hopeful that this competition would be a success leading him to pursue a career in the law field. We wish Alexter luck and safe travels!
ALEXTER THOMPSON WILL MOOT COURT IN THE NETHERLANDS