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Competition History

The Spring 2014 Thurman Arnold Prize Finals were held on April 9, 2014, at 5:10 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium. Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the Fourth Circuit, Judge Diane S. Sykes of the Seventh Circuit, and Justice Monica M. Márquez of the Colorado Supreme Court presided. The case was Drake v. Jerejian (poster), which involved the scope of an individual’s right to carry a handgun under the Second Amendment. Jane Chong ’14 and Courtney Dixon ’15 represented petitioner (brief); Megan Browder ’15 and Benjamin Field ’15 represented respondent (brief). A recording of the argument may be accessed here.

The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral advocacy was awarded to Jane Chong and Courtney Dixon. Jane Chong also won the Thurman Arnold Prize for best oralist.

 

Participants in the Spring 2014 Thurman Arnold Prize Finals. 


The Fall 2013 Harlan Fiske Stone Prize Finals were held on December 9, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium. Judge Reena Raggi of the Second Circuit, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit, and Judge Stephen A. Higginson of the Fifth Circuit presided. The case was National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (poster), which involved the President’s recess-appointment power. John James “J.J.” Snidow ’14 and Danny Townsend ’15 represented petitioner (brief); Daniel Herz-Roiphe ’15 and Jeffrey Kane ’14 represented respondent (brief).

The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral advocacy went to Daniel Herz-Roiphe and Jeffrey Kane. J.J. Snidow was awarded the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for best oralist.

 

Participants in the Fall 2013 Harlan Fiske Stone Prize Finals. 


The Spring 2013 Thurman Arnold Prize Finals were held on April 22, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium before the Honorable Thomas Griffith (DC Circuit), the Honorable Christopher Droney (Second Circuit), and the Honorable Scott Matheson (Tenth Circuit). The final round case was Bond v. United States (poster). Representing the petitioner were Matthew Letten '14 and Nafees Syed '14 (brief). Christine Buzzard '13 and Andrew Tutt '13 represented the respondent (brief).

The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral advocacy went to the respondents, Christine Buzzard and Andrew Tutt, and the Thurman Arnold Prize for best oralist was awarded to Christine Buzzard. A recording of the argument may be accessed here.

 

Participants in the Spring 2013 Thurman Arnold Prize Finals. 


The Fall 2012 Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals at Yale Law School was held Monday afternoon, Dec. 3, in the Law School auditorium, when four Yale Law School students presented oral arguments in the case, Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., a real case that comes before the Supreme Court this term. 

Judge Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit presided. 

The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral argument to Bridget Fahey ’14 and James Dawson ’14, who successfully argued for the respondent (brief), the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. 

Dawson received the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for best oralist as well, and the judges also praised the performances of Katie Mesner-Hage ’13 and Michael Shih ’14, who argued for the petitioner (brief), the state of Arizona.
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Participants in the Fall 2012 Thurman Arnold Prize Finals.

The Spring 2012 Thurman Arnold Prize Finals were held on April 24, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium before the Honorable John Paul Stevens, the Honorable Diane Wood (Seventh Circuit), and the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh (D.C. Circuit). The final round case was Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (poster). Representing the petitioner were Kasdin Miller '12 and Pete Huffman '12 (brief). Allyson Bennett '13 and Connor Sullivan '13 represented the respondent (brief).
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The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral advocacy went to the respondents, Allyson Bennett and Connor Sullivan, and the Thurman Arnold Prize for best oralist was awarded to Allyson Bennett.

 
Participants in the Spring 2012 Thurman Arnold Prize Finals. 

The Fall 2011 Harlan Fiske Stone Prize Finals were held on December 5, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium before the Honorable Robert Katzmann (Second Circuit), the Honorable Susan Carney (Second Circuit), and the Honorable Raymond Kethledge (Sixth Circuit). The final round case was Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations (poster).
Representing the petitioner were Daniel Young '12 and Jed Glickstein '13 (brief). Lewis Bollard '13 and Jonathan Siegel '13 represented the respondent (brief). | Video |

The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral advocacy went to the respondents, Lewis Bollard and Jonathan Siegel, and the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for best oralist was awarded to Jonathan Siegel.

 
Participants in the Fall 2011 Harlan Fiske Stone Prize Finals.

The Spring 2011 Thurman Arnold Prize Finals were held on April 26, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium before the Honorable Diarmuid O'Scannlain (Ninth Circuit), the Honorable Marsha Berzon (Ninth Circuit), and the Honorable Raymond Lohier (Second Circuit). The final round case was Golan v. Holder (poster). Representing the petitioner were Christopher Suarez '11 and Michael Drezner '12 (brief). Daniel Winik '11 and Arpit Garg '12 represented the respondent (brief). | Video |

The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral advocacy went to the respondents, Daniel Winik and Arpit Garg, and the Thurman Arnold Prize for best oralist was awarded to Daniel Winik. 
 

 
Participants in the Spring 2011 Thurman Arnold Prize Finals.

The Fall 2010 Harlan Fiske Stone Prize Finals were held on December 6, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium before the Honorable Dennis Jacobs (Second Circuit), the Honorable Guido Calabresi (Second Circuit), and the Honorable Merrick Garland (District of Columbia Circuit). The final round case was Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd (poster). Representing the petitioner were Barrett Anderson '12 and Nick Walter '12 (brief). Wendy Zupac '12 and Eugene Sokoloff '12 represented the respondent (brief). | Video |

The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral advocacy went to the respondents, Wendy Zupac and Eugene Sokoloff, and the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for best oralist was awarded to Eugene Sokoloff.


Participants in the Fall 2010 Harlan Fiske Stone Prize Finals.

The Spring 2010 Thurman Arnold Prize Finals were held on April 26, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium before the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt (9th Circuit Court of Appeals), the Honorable David Hamilton (7th Circuit Court of Appeals), and the Honorable Debra Ann Livingston (2d Circuit Court of Appeals). The final round case was Snyder v. Phelps (poster). Representing the Petitioners were Travis Crum '11 and Zachary Jones '11 (brief). Mark Hatch-Miller ’10 and Tanya Abrams ’11 represented the respondent (brief). | Video |

The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral advocacy went to the Respondents, Mark Hatch-Miller and Tanya Abrams, and the Thurman Arnold Prize for best oralist was awarded to Zachary Jones.


Participants in the Spring 2010 Thurman Arnold Prize Finals.

The Fall 2009 Harlan Fiske Stone Prize Finals were held on December 7, 2009, at 4:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium before the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro (3d Circuit Court of Appeals), the Honorable Barrington D. Parker (2d Circuit Court of Appeals), and the Honorable Diane S. Sykes (7th Circuit Court of Appeals). The final round case was Skilling v. United States (poster). Representing the Petitioners were Ben Johnson ('10) and Alexander Schwab ('11) (brief). Joshua Braver ('11) and David Zhou ('10) represented the Respondent (brief). | Video |

The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral advocacy went to the Petitioners, Ben Johnson and Alexander Schwab, and the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for best oralist was awarded to Ben Johnson.


Participants in the Fall 2009 Harlan Fiske Stone Prize Finals.

The Spring 2009 Thurman Arnold Prize finals were held on May 4, 2009, at 4:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium before the Honorable Steven M. Colloton (8th Circuit Court of Appeals), the Honorable Raymond W. Gruender (8th Circuit Court of Appeals), and the Honorable Ann C. Williams (7th Circuit Court of Appeals). The final round case was Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (No. 08-861) (poster). Representing the Petitioners were Robert Heberle ('10) and Joseph Pace ('10) (brief). Rory Gillis ('10) and Jill Habig ('09) represented the Respondent (brief). | Video |

The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral argument went to the Petitioners, Robert Heberle and Joseph Pace, and the Thurman Arnold Prize for best oralist was awarded to Jill Habig.



The Fall 2008 Harlan Fiske Stone Prize Finals were held on December 11, 2008, at 4:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium before the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith (D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals), the Honorable Peter Hall (2d Circuit Court of Appeals), and the Honorable Chief Judge Sandra L. Lynch (1st Circuit Court of Appeals). The final round case was Pleasant Grove City v. Summum (poster). Representing the Petitioners were Sabria McElroy ('10) and Joseph Minta ('09) (brief). Michael Murray ('09) and Lindsay Eyler ('09) represented the Respondent (brief). | Video |

The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral argument was awarded to Michael Murray and Lindsay Eyler, who argued for the Respondent. Joseph Minta, who argued for the Petitioners, received the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for best oralist.


The Spring 2008 Thurman Arnold Prize finals were held on May 5, 2008, at 4:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium before the Honorable Marsha Berzon (9th Circuit Court of Appeals), the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh (D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals), and the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor (2d Circuit Court of Appeals). The Petitioners were Raj Laud ('08) and Abbas Ravjani ('09) (brief), and the Respondents were Sumon Dantiki ('09) and Joshua Johnson ('09) (brief). The case was Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker (poster). | Video |

The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral argument went to the Respondents, Sumon Dantiki and Joshua Johnson, and the Thurman Arnold Prize for best oralist was awarded to Joshua Johnson.


The Fall 2007 Harlan Fiske Stone Prize Finals were held on Monday, December 10, 2007, at 4:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium. The finalists were Michael Krouse ('08) and Enrique Schaerer ('08), Petitioners (brief), versus Zac Hudson ('09) and Gabriel Rauterberg ('09), Respondents (brief). The case was Medellin v. Texas (poster).

The Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral argument went to the Petitioners Michael Krouse and Enrique Schaerer, and Michael Krouse was awarded the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for best oralist.


The Spring 2007 Thurman Arnold Prize finals were held on May 7, 2007, before Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and Circuit Judges Rosemary Barkett (11th Cir.) and Rosemary S. Pooler (2nd Cir.). The case was Rahmani v. United States, addressing whether the government may, consistent with the First Amendment, prosecute persons for supporting groups it has determined to be terrorist organizations without allowing them to dispute those determinations. Anna Manasco Dionne (’08) and Krishanti Vignarajah (’08) represented the Petitioner (brief); Bryan Caforio (’08) and Jon Donenberg (’08) argued for the Respondent (brief).
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The judges awarded the Potter Stewart Prize for best overall team to the Petitioners Anna Manasco Dionne and Krishanti Vignarajah. The Thurman Arnold Prize for best oralist was shared by Anna Manasco Dionne and Krishanti Vignarajah.


The Fall 2006 Harlan Fiske Stone Prize finals were held on December 11, 2006, before a panel of Circuit Judges William A. Fletcher (9th Cir.), Diana Gribbon Motz (4th Cir.), and Jeffrey S. Sutton (6th Cir.). The case was Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, addressing whether the EPA Administrator has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act and whether the Administrator may decline to issue emissions regulations for motor vehicles based on non-statutory policy considerations. Justin Cox (’08) and Richard Re (’08) represented the Petitioner (brief); Eric Citron (’07) and John Hughes (’08) argued for the Respondent (brief).

The judges awarded the Potter Stewart Prize for best overall team to Respondents Eric Citron and John Hughes and the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for best oralist to Justin Cox.


The Spring 2006 Thurman Arnold Prize finals were held May 1, 2006, before a panel of Circuit Judge Raymond C. Fisher (9th Cir.), Senior Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman (D.C. Cir.), and New York Court of Appeals Associate Judge George Bundy Smith (’62). The case was Moises Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon, addressing whether and how the Vienna Convention’s provisions for consular rights should be enforced in U.S. courts. Arguing for the Petitioners were Murad Hussain (’07) and Julia Martinez (’07) (brief). The Respondents were represented by Ian Bassin (’06) and Anisha Dasgupta (’06) (brief).

The judges awarded the Potter Stewart Prize for best overall team to the Petitioners Murad Hussain and Julia Martinez and the Thurman Arnold Prize for best oralist to Anisha Dasgupta.


On December 12, 2005, the Morris Tyler Moot Court welcomed an esteemed four-judge panel of Circuit Judges Merrick Garland (D.C. Cir.) and Karen Nelson Moore (6th Cir.), Senior Circuit Judge Jon Newman (’56) (2d Cir.), and Senior District Judge Louis Pollak (’48) (E.D. Pa.). They heard arguments in Rumsfeld v. FAIR, awarding the Potter Stewart Prize for best overall team to Petitioners Brandon Fail (’06) and Jaynie Randall (’06) (brief) and splitting the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for best oralist between Respondents Aron Ketchel (’06) and Michael Pinkel (’07) (brief).


The Spring 2005 Thurman Arnold Prize finals were held on April 22, 2005, before a panel of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Circuit Judges Alex Kozinski (9th Cir.) and Carlos Lucero (10th Cir.). The case was Bradshaw v. Stumpf. Ariel Lavinbuk (’06) and Brian Netter (’06) argued for the Petitioner, and Melissa Miksch (’06) and Rob Yablon (’06) argued for the Respondent.