The Harlan Fiske Stone finals are argued before a distinguished panel of appellate judges. This year’s judges are:
The Honorable Bob Bacharach, United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
Judge Bob Bacharach was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit on February 28, 2013. He graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1985, where he was awarded Order of the Coif and served on the law review’s executive editorial board. After law school, Judge Bacharach clerked for Judge William J. Holloway Jr. in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to his current appointment, he practiced civil litigation for more than 12 years at Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City and earlier served as a U.S. magistrate judge in the Western District of Oklahoma for 14 years. He is the author of five articles and a co-author of a sixth that have been published in the Indiana Law Review, Oklahoma Law Review, Oklahoma City University Law Review, Memphis State University Law Review, and Washington University Law Quarterly.
The Honorable Cornelia T.L. Pillard, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Judge Cornelia T.L. Pillard was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in December 2013. She graduated from Yale College in 1983 and Harvard Law School in 1987. Following graduation, she served as a law clerk to Judge Louis H. Pollak, and then held the Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship at the American Civil Liberties Union. From 1989 to 1994 Judge Pillard was assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and then served as an assistant to the solicitor general of the United States until 1997. Pillard then joined faculty of Georgetown Law. She served from 1998 to 2000 as deputy assistant
attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel and then returned to Georgetown Law, where she served from 2008 to 2009 as inaugural academic co-director and professor at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, a London-based, Georgetown-led law study program. Pillard was an active member of the Georgetown Law Supreme Court Institute from its founding in 2003, and became the institute’s faculty co-director in 2011. She was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars during 2012–2013.
The Honorable Kim Wardlaw, United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw was confirmed on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on July 31, 1998. She had previously served on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Judge Wardlaw graduated from UCLA, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1976, and from UCLA Law School. In law school, she was awarded Order of the Coif and Outstanding Graduate of the Class, in 1979. Prior to her judicial appointment, Judge Wardlaw was a litigation partner of the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers and served in various offices of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Women Lawyers Public Action Grant Foundation, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Also while in private practice, Judge Wardlaw was involved in numerous community, political, and government activities. She served as a law clerk for District Court Judge William P. Gray in the Central District of California.