Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court 2018
Welcome to the 2017-18 Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition. We are very excited about this year's problem which touches on criminal law, constitutional law, statutory interpretation, civil rights, and a host of other legal issues through a timely and unique fact pattern.
Since 1925, the Stone Moot Court Competition has been Columbia Law’s highest test of appellate advocacy and attracts the School’s most talented budding advocates.This year's initial oral argument dates are November 14th—16th.
Please visit our student blog for more information and to view the record.
About the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition
The Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Moot Court Program
The Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition final arguments, part of the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Moot Court Program, are the culmination of a three-round elimination competition in appellate advocacy. This year, 56 students entered the competition. In the qualifying round, held during the fall semester, students briefed one of two issues on behalf of either the appellant or the appellee and presented their positions in oral arguments before panels composed of alumni practitioners and professors.
On the strength of their brief and oral argument scores, 20 competitors advanced to the spring semifinal rounds. There, they again briefed and argued a side of the same case. On April 3, the two students with the highest scores on each of the two issues in the spring competition present their final arguments to a distinguished panel of judges. These judges will then award the Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for the best oral presentation in the final round. Professor Philip M. Genty, Director Ilene Strauss, and this year’s Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court co-directors, Gideon Hanft ’18 and Paul Callaghan ’18, will recognize the best final-round brief. This year marks the 93rd anniversary of the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court, 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, Class of 1898, 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 U.S. President Calvin Coolidge appointed him attorney general of the United States.