Special Programs

Penn Model Congress offers three Special Programs for delegates: Executive Branch, Supreme Court, and National Security Council. These programs will require more preparation and effort throughout the conference, so only those students who are motivated to participate should apply. For more information on each of the programs, please click on the links below.

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Over the course of the conference, delegates play the roles of Supreme Court Justices, in addition to acting as petitioner and respondent attorneys arguing before the Court.

Each school is invited to send a team of two delegates to the Supreme Court Program. Because of the schedule, both delegates must be in a Senate committee.

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The Executive Branch Program, led by a student-elected President of the United States, consists of the President's Cabinet and closest advisors. Delegates will discuss signing or vetoing legislation passed by Congress and will attempt to tackle some of the most difficult issues facing our nation. Some of the Cabinet Officers with relevant jurisdictions also sit on the National Security Council (see below).

Because of the competitive nature of the Executive Branch Program, all interested delegates must apply to participate. The group will meet regularly in place of committee sessions, so students who participate in the Executive Branch will not participate in regular committee sessions.

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The National Security Council is the President's principal vehicle for responding to national security crises. Along with certain high-ranking officers from the Executive Branch Program, participating delegates will represent either the Pentagon, the State Department, or the White House. Because these crises can occur at any time, delegates on the National Security Council are on-call to respond to an emergency 24 hours a day.

If a delegate from your school is filling one of the seven Executive Branch roles that also sits on the NSC, that delegate also serves on the NSC.

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Penn MC is pleased to introduce a Crisis Committee for the 2020 conference. In this committee, delegates will be presented with a series of plausible crises facing their world that they will be asked to solve together. Delegates on the crisis committee will not be expected to submit a bill prior to the conference, and will instead work throughout the conference to address crises as they are introduced.

Please note that the topics will be similar to the NSC, but the committee will run throughout the entirety of the conference similar to the Supreme Court and Executive Branch.

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