Alane & Chartier, P.L.C., is a women-owned law firm, founded by attorneys Natalie Alane and Mary Chartier. We offer comprehensive, high-quality legal representation that seeks to meet the overall needs of each client. We do not believe in a "one size fits all" approach to the law because every client deserves representation and counsel that meets his or her unique needs. Not only do we provide traditional litigation and advocacy services such as criminal defense, family law counsel, and appellate advocacy, we also specialize in collaborative methods and additional alternative ways to resolve disputes. Our commitment to individualized advocacy, coupled with our experience and successes, enable us to provide excellent representation and counsel to every client.
On Wednesday, July 22, Alane &Chartier Associate Attorneys Takura Nyamfukudza and Nicole Hughes participated as instructors in this summer’s Moot Court through the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center. The Moot Court Program gives students, grades 10 – 12, a taste of what it is like to prepare and present a case in front of the Supreme Court. In preparation for their experience, students were able to meet with justices, judges, lawyers, law students, and other legal professionals, including our very own Takura and Nicole!
This summer’s moot court case involved threats on social media.The students argued and decided Elonis v United States. They focused on the standard of intent and the standard required for speech to fall within the First Amendment's true threats exception.
For their part Takura and Nicole discussed how to prepare for oral arguments, including how one’s thinking might evolve and how to anticipate questions from the Court. Because of the nature of the defendant’s statements, they discussed how to keep the arguments focused on the issues related to intent rather than the details of the facts. The students also had the opportunity to ask about law school and life as an attorney. Despite their relatively tender age, the students’ questions were insightful and showed that they put a lot into their preparation.
Cheers to Takura, Nicole, and all the other mentors, for giving their time to foster the next generation of legal professionals!
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