Committee Information

Committee Name: Supreme Court of the United States, 2018
Organ: Councils, Boards, and Courts (CBCs)
Undersecretary-General: Jaebok Lee
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Claudia Leonor
Chair: Mattie Haag
Topics will be released with the Spring 2018 Docket of the Supreme Court!

The Topic Abstract for this committee can be accessed here.

A Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the spring session of the Supreme Court of the United States. This session, you will be considering three real cases chosen from the docket to be considered by the Supreme Court during the 2018 spring session and will be tasked with presenting arguments, discussing, and ultimately issuing opinions on each case. Each member of this committee plays a key role, whether that be as a justice, a lawyer, or a representative of a special interest involved in a case. While these roles will be assigned ahead of time, they will rotate throughout the duration of the committee and each of you will have acted at least as a justice and a lawyer.

While all three branches of the United States government are of relatively equal importance, the Supreme Court is particularly powerful. This court, separated from politics and tasked with the neutral, unbiased, and logically sound review of the constitutionality of laws, plays the largest role in affecting this country’s long-term policy and culture. The arguments you present in this room, the debate you hold, and the decisions you make will have a gross impact on the future of the United States, and your names will go down in history as those who determined the outcomes of these cases.

I look forward to a weekend of well-researched arguments, heated debate, and collaborative decision-making. You are all key players in the political and social future of this country, so take your preparation and involvement seriously, and I look forward to meeting you all.

Hoya Saxa,

Mattie Haag

Chair, Supreme Court of the United States

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About the Chair

Mattie Haag is a rising senior in the Georgetown College majoring in Government with a concentration in American Politics. While she grew up abroad and has lived in several countries across the Middle East, Mattie’s love for international affairs is surpassed by her passion for domestic politics and especially constitutional law. At Georgetown, she is involved in the Philodemic Debate Society, College Democrats, and student government. When she’s not arguing with people about politics, Mattie enjoys running, trying to learn how to cook, and continuously watching Game of Thrones.

Learning Goals

NAIMUN strives to provide the most well-rounded educational and enjoyable experience to delegates. The learning goals for the Supreme Court of the United States are as follows. Delegates will gain:

  • Basic knowledge of how SCOTUS functions as the judicial branch of government.
  • Intimate understanding of how SCOTUS operates as an impartial entity independent from politics and how this informs its role in judicial review.
  • Detailed information about how SCOTUS differentiates itself from the executive and legislative forms of government (i.e, judicial review plays a role in influencing the nation’s long-term policy and culture, one that is arguably more powerful than the other two branches of government).