A Note from Kenneth T. Hagan ’15
Student Director and Case Author
It has been a defining moment in my law school career to serve as director of the Harlan Fiske Stone Competition of the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Moot Court Program. In many ways this job served as a final test of my three-year law education: Can I author a problem balanced with cogent, legal arguments? Are both sides supported by substantive case law? Did the case follow the procedures of the federal court? In essence, this case was a culmination of everything I learned from my first year of law school to my last. It was truly a privilege to engage in that process.
Over the past eight months, I have enjoyed working with this year’s 42 competitors. Mere basis points separated the 16 semifinalists from the rest of the competitors. That such was the case for the four finalists is no coincidence. This is but another testament to the fierce talent of the Law School’s student body. In this final round, rest assured that you will experience an unprecedented level of oration by some of the best law students in this country.
I am grateful to be a part of this venerated competition, now in its 90th year. It was humbling to meet the decorated alumni of the Law School, representing over six decades of graduates. It was only through their wisdom and experience as practitioners that we were able to whittle the competition down to four talented finalists.
I hope the competitors, judges, bailiffs, professors, and fellow moot court directors were able to enjoy the ride of this competition. It was an honor to work for you, with you, amongst you. Please enjoy this problem’s upcoming final argument as much as I did creating it.