A Note From Michael M. Rosenberg ’12
Director / Case Author
If practice makes perfect, then, for this year’s Final Four, perfection must not be too far off. Competitors at this stage of the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition have grappled with this case for nearly six months. They have pored over testimony and exhibits, rehearsed oral argument, scoured for case law, and likely damaged their backspace keys. In each round, they have prepared, performed, and progressed—and I marvel at how far they have come. They make me miss competing.
But this job is at least as fulfilling. Directing the Stone competition has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had at Columbia Law School. I wanted to write a problem that was topical and fun, yet challenging and ambiguous. And this year’s competition has proved to be exciting, with twists and turns along the way. One example: Last fall our Final Round judge, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, vacated an important computer fraud case relied upon in the competition, and ordered a rehearing—which competitors were able to watch on YouTube. Overall, the competition may not itself mold students into appellate litigators, but it gets them on their way. It has been a tradition at the Law School for 87 years running, and I am proud to have been a part of it.