Beatrice C. Franklin
Beatrice C. Franklin ’14 was startled when she was cold-called by a professor just a few hours before final oral arguments began in the Harlan Fiske Stone finals of the Paul, Weiss Moot Court competition. But the questioning ended up serving as a source of comfort when she prepared to face the judges later that day. “It reminded me that if Columbia Law School has prepared us for anything, it’s how to think on our feet in response to tough questions from people who know a lot more than we do.”
Franklin was more than ready to compete in the moot court finals. Her polished and persuasive argument was recognized by the judges—including U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan—who named her best oralist. She also won the prize for writing the best brief.
Franklin has served as articles editor for the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and appeared in family court to advocate on behalf of domestic violence victims as part of the Courtroom Advocates Project, one of Columbia Law School’s in-house pro bono programs.
Next fall, she will work as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before taking on two clerkships: the first with Judge Jesse M. Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the second with Judge Susan L. Carney of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Franklin said the moot court experience gave her a deeper appreciation for the challenges—and rewards—of being in the courtroom.
“Arguing before the panel of judges was a terrifying experience, but I can’t wait to do it again some day,” she says. “Litigators have to keep mastering new sets of facts and learning new bodies of law, which is incredibly difficult. But it’s also part of the fun—it’s like you never really leave school.”