Post date: November 19, 2002 -- 10:20 a.m.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will be among the three judges evaluating the student arguments in the finals of Harvard Law School's 91st annual Ames Moot Court Competition. The event will be held today, November 19, 2002, and will be webcast live from the Ames Courtroom at 7:30 p.m.
The students will be arguing the case of Morales v. Gallows et al. which explores whether a landlord can bar non-married couples from living together in her apartment building. The petitioner, the owner of a six-unit rental property, argues that the Ames Housing Act violates her right to free exercise of religion and free speech guaranteed in the First Amendment.
The Ames Moot Court Competition is sponsored by the student-run Board of Student Advisers and the Office of the Dean. Two preliminary rounds, each on a different case, were held during the students' second year at the School. The final case research, planning, and writing includes several consecutive 70-hour weeks for the students. Legal briefs are prepared by the students, with no help from faculty or lawyers.