Evie Spanos ’11 first experienced the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition as an admitted student visiting from Los Angeles in 2008. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. presided over the final arguments that year, and Spanos watched in admiration as the students attempted to persuade the head of the country’s highest court. Now, the second-year Law School student, one of four finalists in the 2010 competition, will defend the Marbury School District against claims that it infringed on plaintiff James Madison’s right to free expression.
Spanos, a dual citizen of the United States and Greece, graduated from Harvard University in 2006, with a degree in economics. At Columbia Law School, she is looking to blend her economics background with a career in law. To that end, she has worked on the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, has served on the board of the Columbia Health Law Association, and has conducted intellectual property research for Professor Scott Hemphill. “While it may appear that these are very wide-ranging interests,” says Spanos, “all of those fields are heavily influenced by economics.”
Spanos has also become a teaching assistant for the Foundation Year Moot Court. In this role, she drafted one of the appellate advocacy problems that participating first-year students will examine, as well as a bench memo that is submitted to the alumni judges. Spanos also edits the students’ briefs and helps them prepare for oral arguments.
Since October, Spanos has been working toward the finals of the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court competition, and she describes the pursuit as one of her most rewarding Law School experiences. As a 2010 finalist, Spanos is not eligible to compete again next year, which, she admits, is both a blessing and a curse. “The competition is a lot of work,” Spanos says. “So really, it’s good that I am not eligible to do it again, because if I were, I wouldn’t be able to resist!”