About the Competition
The Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court final arguments are the culmination of a three-round elimination competition in appellate advocacy. This year, 50 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 United States, 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, 16 competitors advanced to the spring semifinal rounds. There, they again briefed and argued a side of the same case. On March 26, the four students with the highest scores in the spring competition present their final arguments to our distinguished panel of judges, who will award the Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for the best oral presentation in the final round. Professor Philip Genty and Michael Rosenberg ’12, director of this year’s Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court, will recognize the best final round brief.
This year marks the 87th anniversary of the Stone Moot Court, which was 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 (1872–1946), 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 President Calvin Coolidge appointed him attorney general of the United States. He was named to the U.S. Supreme Court the following year and was elevated to chief justice in 1941.