Kennedy of U.S. Supreme Court Presides at Law

Photograph: At the Stone Moot Court Competition, from left: Harry T. Edwards, D.C. Circuit; Anthony Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court, and Sandra Lynch, First Circuit. Photo Credit: Joe Pineiro.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy presided over the Law School's 1995-96 Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Honor Competition held Apr. 2 in Greene Hall.

The four student finalists who argued before Kennedy were Douglas Lee Harville, Law '97, and Jose Ramon Gonzalez-Magaz, Law '96, counsel for the petitioner, and John Lundin, Law '97, and John Middleton Jr., Law '96, counsel for the respondents.

The culmination of a year-long competition, the case involved a possible Forth Amendment violation in the bust of an indoor marijuana cultivation site.

Kennedy praised the performances of all four participants, making them vow, "You will never, ever got to court unprepared, you will always prepare just as hard, just as diligently as you did with the arguments you presented before the court today."

Besides Kennedy, the competition's other panelists included Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Sandra Lynch of the First Circuit.

The court presented Harville with the Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for Best Argument, and Middleton with the Thomas E. Dewey Prize for Best Brief.

In addition to presiding over the Moot Court competition, Kennedy delivered the inaugural Maurice Rosenberg Lecture, "Justice and the Courts," at the Law School on Apr. 1.

Kennedy also taught Michael Dorf's Constitutional Law class. Dorf clerked for Kennedy following law school.

The Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition is named after the graduate, professor and former dean of Columbia Law School, who served on the United States Supreme Court for more than 30 years.

He holds the distinction of being the only university professor to ever serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1941-46).

Columbia University Record -- April 19, 1996 -- Vol. 21, No. 24