About the Competition
The Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court final arguments are the culmination of a three-round elimination competition in appellate advocacy. This year, 90 students entered. In the first round held during the fall term, students briefed a side of one issue of a two-issue case and presented their positions in oral arguments before alumni panels composed of practicing attorneys.
On the strength of their brief and oral argument scores, 24 competitors advanced to the spring semifinal rounds. Here they again briefed and argued a side of the same case. On April 7, the four students with the highest scores in the spring competition will present their final arguments to our distinguished panel of judges, who will award the Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for the best oral presentation in the Final Round. Professor Philip Genty and Evie Spanos '11, director of the Harlan Fiske Stone Honors Moot Court, will award recognition for the Best Final Round Brief.
This year marks the 86th anniversary of the Stone Moot Court, which was founded at Columbia Law School in 1925 by the Story Inn—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.