About the Competition
The Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court final arguments are the culmination of a three-round elimination competition in appellate advocacy. About 50 students competed in the moot court competition this year, writing briefs and making legal arguments on the case.
That pool was winnowed down to 16 during preliminary rounds before benches of alumni volunteers and then, after another round of briefs and arguments, the final four were selected.
On March 24, the four students with the highest scores in the spring competition presented their final arguments to a distinguished panel of judges, who awarded the Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for the best oral presentation in the Final Round.
The Stone Moot Court was founded at Columbia Law School in 1925 by the Story Inn, which is a chapter of the legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi. The competition is named in honor of Harlan Fiske Stone (1872-1946), who was a member of the Story Inn while a student at the Law School.
Stone was named dean of Columbia Law School in 1910. He served in that capacity until 1924, when President Calvin Coolidge appointed him Attorney General of the United States. He was named to the Supreme Court of the United States in the following year, and was elevated to Chief Justice in 1941.