Ames Moot Court Competition 2019

The case, United States Department of Interior v. Bryce Caldwell, was argued on Nov. 12, at the Ames Moot Court Competition. The presiding judges were Merrick Garland โ€™77, of the United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit; Michelle Friedland of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Amul Thapar, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Patricia Roberts Harris Memorial Team (Respondents):
Charlotte Butash
Kelsey Fraser (oralist)
Hilary Hurd
Melanie Fontes (oralist)
Kate Peiffer
Alicia Alvero Koski

Janet Wood Reno Memorial Team (Petitioners):
Kevin Chen
Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie (oralist)
Caroline Li
Al Kelly (oralist)
KC Jaski
Eliza Green

The Ames Competition, held in the historic Ames Courtroom of Harvard Law School, is one of the most prestigious competitions for appellate brief writing and advocacy in the country. The students participating in the Final Round started the competition in fall of their 2L year. Two teams progressed to the Final Round through their strong research abilities and excellent written and oral advocacy.



  1. Congress is a corporation we the man and woman are not part of Washington DC it a corporation I'm a natural born man state national i claimed the age of majority act and i take on my own private afairs as a private man and not a employee of their kind they are foreign to man of God they don't believe in god they believe only in fictional promisery notes and a long term birth certificate bond that what they created i never except fraudulent documents from the government and States agencies they are foreign entities acting as a title and not there proper capacity as man and woman they are exsepting something they are not fact that is not humen brings that is acting as a fictional character

  2. There's is no electronic devices allowed but they allow the camera man. How unfair๐Ÿ˜ญ

    I'm just kidding don't call me idiot because I know I am๐Ÿ˜‚

  3. Does anyone else notice the instant smirks and smiles from the audience because of the awkward moments when they are posed with an incredibly hard question to answer? Itโ€™s hilarious๐Ÿ˜‚

  4. I think that girl secured herself a job at any firm of her picking. To faint and get right back up and continue is pretty impressive. However, there is no weakness or shame in taking a break or stepping away if you're unwell.

  5. If something is boring then that means
    – you don't understand it.

    – you actually understand it but don't like it.

    By the way

    I'm just imagining the hard work these guys has to put in, in-order to have such a fluent debate.
    I love Hard Workers

  6. Marcel M MAMA A MAN ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿค๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿค๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ”ฅ

  7. I love how, in the beginning, the judges are trying to get her to more clearly state her points rather than shroud them in bs. I feel like she needs to more rigorously define her points while still avoiding any possible contradictions in her statements.

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