Sewanee Moot Court
April 12 and 14, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Convocation Hall
All are invited to watch!
The first case, argued on April 12, is Sensational Smiles, LLC v. Mullen and considers whether a Connecticut rule restricting the use of certain teeth-whitening procedures to licensed dentists is an unconstitutional infringement of economic liberty under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Is the state’s rule a scheme of economic protectionism for dentists, and does it disrupt the liberty of contract of other entrepreneurs who seek to administer a service deemed safe to use by individuals? In this case, Alex Wedding and Liz Arza argue for the company, and Page Forrest and Luke Peglau argue for the state. Taylor Yost leads a bench including Abbey Shockley, Ali Eleey, Ben Barton, Joe Randazzo, and Pierre DuBois.
The second case, argued on April 14, is Sissel v. Department of Health and Human Servicesand considers whether the Affordable Care Act was passed in violation of the Origination Clause (Article I) and thus is unconstitutional. In NFIB v. Sibelius (2012), the Supreme Court deemed the fine levied on those who do not purchase health insurance a tax, and the Origination Clause states all revenue-raising bills must originate in the House, but the bill that became the ACA began in the Senate. This argument promises to be an exciting foray into the history of the text and the Framers’ intentions. Arguing for the petitioner is Chris Murphee and Ellie Barton; arguing for the DHHS is Madison Leathers and Davante Jennings. Montana Willis leads a bench including Courney Rentz, Paige Williams, Tony Dykes, Joseph Motta, and Larkin Parker.