Posner, Wood, Parker preside over Ames Moot Court Finals

Charles Sumner Memorial Team

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.

Moot court finals rule at HLS

Moot Court Panel

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

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 for lawyers who are constructing them to bear in mind the distinction that Isaiah Berlin made when he called attention to the dichotomy between the hedgehog and the fox–the fox […]



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)

89th Ames Challenges Nurses’ Constitutional Right to Protest Wages


“Thirsty men want beer, not explanations,” said U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter ’66, quoting Lord Macnaghten, after presiding over the 89th annual Ames Moot Court Competition. And “beer” is what the Ames competitors delivered. Souter, with Frank Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Judith Rogers ’64 of the […]

A Day in the Pupils’ Court


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


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.