November 17, 2011
Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court presided over the oral argument in the final round of the 2011 Ames Moot Court Competition on Thursday, November 17th, 2011.The competition was held in the historic Ames Courtroom of Harvard Law School.
In addition to Sotomayor, Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge Peter Rubin '88 of the Massachusetts Court of Appeals judged this year’s competition.
The Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review provided a live blog of the competition, which included judges' questions, oralists' arguments, reader comments and questions, and interactive trivia. The archive is available at http://HarvardCRCL.org/amesliveblog/.
Last year marked the centennial anniversary of the establishment of the formal Ames Moot Court competition at HLS created in honor of James Barr Ames LL.B. 1872, dean of the law school from 1895 to 1910.
Watch a historical retrospective of the event, “Celebrating a Century: The Ames Moot Court Competition”
The finalists for this year’s competition included:
The John McCarthy Roll Memorial Team
The Belva Ann Lockwood Memorial Team
Click here for the Final Round Record.
Click here to read the Petitioner’s Brief.
Click here to read the Respondent’s Brief.
Click here to read the Reply Brief for Petitioner.
Additional coverage of the competition finals is available on the website of the Harvard Gazette.