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  • Ames 2018 3

    HLS teams compete in the 106th annual Ames Moot Court finals (video)

    November 16, 2018

    Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Sotomayor was at Harvard Law School on Nov. 13 to hear finalists in the 2018 Ames Moot Court Competition.

  • Gallery: Harvard Law School's 2018 Ames Moot Court Competition 1

    Gallery: Harvard Law School’s 2018 Ames Moot Court Competition

    November 16, 2018

  • A view of the bench of an empty courtroom

    Tournament of Champions

    June 21, 2017

    In January, it was as if the U.S. Supreme Court were playing host to a tournament of champions for past winners of the Ames Moot Court Competition, with three attorneys who argued Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson having been on teams that won the competition within four years of each other at Harvard Law School.

  • A persuasive oralist, Mundell pays it forward

    May 15, 2017

    You would never know it from her unhesitating, responsive arguments in the Ames Courtroom, but when Amanda Mundell ’17 was growing up in California she dreaded giving presentations in class. “I was a very nervous speaker,” she remembers, “so I decided that I was never going to do anything like this.

  • Trenton Van Oss: ‘I’ve really had to defend my views and self-reflect on why I believe the things I believe’

    May 12, 2017

    For Trenton Van Oss ’17, coming to Harvard Law School meant adapting to a different culture and experience as a student who had been educated at Christian schools, and whose strong allegiance to the GOP put him in a distinct minority at a secular school with a predominantly liberal student body and faculty.

  • Justice John Paul Stevens

    For the sake of argument: Retired Justice Stevens presides over Ames competition at HLS (video)

    November 4, 2016

    At 96 years old, the Hon. John Paul Stevens, Associate Justice (Ret.) Supreme Court of the United States, returned to the bench to preside over the final round of Harvard Law School’s 2016 Ames Moot Court Competition.

  • Merrick Garland

    A Mensch on the Bench

    May 10, 2016

    A judicial temperament involves many qualities. For Merrick Garland, patience is one of them.

  • Harvard Law School: 2015 in review

    December 17, 2015

    Supreme Court justices, performance art, student protests and a vice president. A look back at 2015, highlights of the people who visited, events that took place and everyday life at Harvard Law School.

  • HLS teams compete in the showdown round of the Ames Moot Court Competition

    November 24, 2015

    The final round of Harvard Law School’s 2015 Ames Moot Court Competition, one of the most prestigious competitions for appellate brief writing and advocacy in the country, took place on Nov. 16 in Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall.

  • 2015 Ames Moot Court Competition Gallery

    November 24, 2015

    A look behind the scenes of the final round of Harvard Law School’s 2015 Ames Moot Court Competition, one of the most prestigious competitions for appellate brief writing and advocacy in the country.

  • HLS Board of Student Advisers elects Broer new president

    April 15, 2015

    The Board of Student Advisers at Harvard Law School has elected Isabel Broer, ’16, as its president for the 2015-16 year. Broer succeeds Claire Johnson, ’15.

  • Gallery: The 2013 Ames Moot Court competition

    November 8, 2013

    The 2013 Ames Moot Court competition was held at Harvard Law School on Oct. 23. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg '56-'58 presided at the Ames final round. She was joined by Judge Merrick B. Garland '77 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

  • Ames Moot Court Competition 1959: Remembering a signature accomplishment

    November 20, 2012

    On a sunny day in June, seven members of the Sacks club, the team that won the Ames moot court competition in 1959, met on the steps of Langdell library to reminisce over what they called their “unlikely” victory, and to talk about where their lives had taken them in the fifty years since.

  • Ames Competition judges

    Souter, back on the bench: Retired justice presides over Ames competition at HLS (video)

    November 19, 2012

    David Souter hung up his judge’s robes more than three years ago, after nearly two decades on the nation’s highest court. But on Thursday night, the retired Supreme Court justice seemed as sharp as ever as he directed his easygoing, often droll, always astute wit at the Harvard Law School students arguing before his bench during the final round of the 102nd Ames Moot Court Competition.

  • Belva Ann Lockwood Memorial Team

    Moot points, well made (video)

    November 21, 2011

    The experience of earlier moot court contests and many hours of rigorous study can seem to melt into the ether when surviving third-year Harvard Law School students face not just any panel of esteemed judges but one led by a U.S. Supreme Court justice. On Thursday, November 17, 2011, the teams in the showdown round of the Ames Moot Court Competition tried to persuade a panel headed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to change the law of the land.

  • U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

    The Ames Moot Court Competition: A look back

    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.

  • Ames 2010: The argument

    November 18, 2010

    The final round of the annual Ames Moot Court Competition took place on November 16 in the Ames Courtroom.

  • Charles Sumner Memorial Team

    Posner, Wood, Parker preside over Ames Moot Court Finals

    November 24, 2009

    The final round of Harvard Law School’s annual Ames Moot Court Competition was held on November 16, 2009, in Ames Courtroom. Richard A. Posner, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, presided as chief justice. Joining him on the panel were Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Barrington D. Parker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

  • Professor Randall L. Kennedy

    Kennedy discusses new book, "Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal"

    March 6, 2008

    In a March 5 event sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy discussed his new book, entitled "Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal."

  • Designing Ames: creating cases for the Moot Court competition

    February 14, 2008

    Few lawyers ever get the chance to write something that will be studied closely by a justice of the United States Supreme Court.

  • Moot Court Panel

    Moot court finals rule at HLS

    November 16, 2006

    On Tuesday, November 14, Harvard Law School hosted the 95th Annual Moot Court Final Competition. In front of a standing room only crowd in Ames Courtroom, two teams of six HLS students each argued the case of Adam’s Apple Markets v. Aphrodite Cosmetics.

  • Foxes, take note

    April 23, 2006

    From Justice Souter’s remarks to the Ames finalists and the audience: “Where I sit, it’s helpful both for people who are listening to arguments and…

  • Countdown

    April 23, 2006

    A day-by-day account of the run-up to the Ames Moot Court Finals--and some thoughts afterward from the chief justice of the state of Ames (aka David Souter '66)

  • “May it please the Court”

    April 23, 2006

    Harvard Law students hoping to learn how to argue before the Supreme Court need go no farther than the Ames Courtroom or a winter-term classroom.

  • 89th Ames Challenges Nurses’ Constitutional Right to Protest Wages

    April 27, 2001

    Credit: Farnsworth/Blalock Photography Dean Robert Clark ’72 (front row, left) joins the three jurists who presided over the Ames Competition (from left): Judge Judith Rogers…

  • A Day in the Pupils’ Court

    July 18, 2000

    Thirteen-year-old Queen Pleasant can't graduate from law school until at least 2011, but she got a head start on her legal education in April as she cross-examined witnesses in the Ames Courtroom.

  • 87th Ames Explores How Far Media Can Go

    September 25, 1999

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer ’64, Laurence H. Silberman ’61 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit presided over the 87th Annual Ames Moot Court Competition in the case of Ride-A-Long Productions, Inc. and Ames Broadcasting Co., Inc. v. Suzanne Rogers and Michelle Rogers.