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 Bacharach has served for roughly five years as a United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before this appointment, he practiced civil litigation at Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City (roughly twelve years) and served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Oklahoma (roughly fourteen years). He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis in 1985, where he graduated Order of the Coif and served on the law review’s executive editorial board. Upon graduation from law school, Judge Bacharach clerked for Judge William J. Holloway, Jr., who was then the Chief Judge of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Bacharach is the author of five law review articles and a coauthor of a sixth law review article. These articles 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 D.C. Circuit
Judge Pillard was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals 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 (1987-1988), and held the Marvin M. Karpatkin fellowship at the American Civil Liberties Union (1988-1989). From 1989 to 1994 she was Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. She served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States from 1994 to 1997. In 1997, Pillard joined the tenure-track faculty at Georgetown Law. She served from 1998 to 2000 as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel. Pillard returned to Georgetown Law, received tenure, and 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 conducted in collaboration with law schools from many different countries. Pillard was an active member of the Georgetown Law Supreme Court Institute (SCI) from its founding in 2003, and became SCI Faculty Co-Director in 2011. She was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars during 2012-2013. Pillard remained a full professor at Georgetown Law until appointment as U.S. Circuit Judge. Pillard and her husband and teenage children live in Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Kim Wardlaw, United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
Nominated by President William Jefferson Clinton to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Wardlaw was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on July 31, 1998. Judge Wardlaw had previously served on the United States District Court for the Central District of California since January 3, 1996. Before then, she was a litigation partner of the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers. While in private practice, Judge Wardlaw 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 governmental activities.
Judge Wardlaw graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with an A.B. in Communication Studies in 1976. She obtained her J.D. in 1979 from UCLA Law School. She was awarded Order of the Coif and named Outstanding Graduate of the Class of 1979. She served as a law clerk for District Court Judge William P. Gray in the Central District of California.