Thorny Environmental Issue Argued at Stone Moot Court Finals

Thorny Environmental Issue Argued at Stone Moot Court Finals

 Winnowed Down from 51 Contestants, Four Finalists Vie for Prize for Best Oral Presentation

Media Contact          Nancy Goldfarb 212-854-1584 [email protected]

New York, March 17, 2009 — Four students from Columbia Law School will argue in the Final Round of the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court — a three-round elimination competition in appellate advocacy, on March 24, 2009. The competitors will argue a simulated appellate court legal problem in front of three United States Court of Appeals judges, and will compete for the Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for the best oral presentation in the Final Round.

The problem for this year’s Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court — Carstone v. The Environmental Protection Agency — was written by Patrick McGill ’09. The problem requires the student competitors to grapple with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and with the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment in the context of the E.P.A.’s approval of water quality standards proposed by a Native American Tribal Reservation under the tribe-as-state provision of the Clean Water Act.
WHAT: The 84th Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition
WHEN: March 24, 2009 at 4:10 p.m.

WHO:  Finalists competing for top honors: Melanie L. Cristol ’09, Matthew Guarnieri ’10, Lauren Howard ’09, and Abbey J. Hudson ’09.
Judges presiding: The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Second Circuit; The Honorable Richard A. Posner, Seventh Circuit, and The Honorable Reena Raggi, Second Circuit.
WHERE:  Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104-106, Amsterdam at West 116 Street; via subway: #1 train to 116 Street (Broadway)/Columbia University.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Media wishing to attend should RSVP in advance at 212-854-1584.

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