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Opening Social with Prelaw Society

27 September, 2022

The opening social this semester was combined with the Prelaw Society at BYU–Hawaii. The events committee worked with the Prelaw Society leadership team to plan an event catered to the goals of both groups. The goal of this event was to help the students understand the complexities of a supreme court case involving religious freedom. The case presented was Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah, which involves a religious group performing ritual animal sacrifice and the city that passed ordinances preventing the practice. The presenters informed the attendees about the facts of the case and divided them into teams representing each side. They tasked each team with coming up with an argument and then held a mock trial. After the arguments from each team were presented, the judging panel declared the City of Hialeah victorious. We had a wonderful turnout for the event, and we also received lots of very positive feedback from the students that attended it.

- Fahina Lauti