Columbia Law School's Appellate Advocacy Competition

Made possible by the generous support of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

March 6, 2011

Final Round

The final round of the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court competition will be held on:

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Jerome Greene Hall, Rooms 104 & 106.

Counsel for Petitioner, Matthew F. Kuhn '11 & Anjali Bhat '11, will be arguing against Counsel for Respondent, Prashanth Chennakesavan '11 & Paul E. Smith '12 before:

The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, United States Supreme Court

The Honorable Debra Ann Livingston, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

The Honorable Denny Chin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The issues before the court are:

1. Whether a federal court may grant habeas corpus relief under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to an individual who is innocent of the crime for which he or she was convicted and who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

2. Whether the Eighth Amendment prohibits the imprisonment of a mentally retarded individual for life without the possibility of parole as punishment for the commission of a non-homicide crime.

Awards for Best Brief and Best Oralist will be given during the final round. The event will be followed by a reception on the third floor.