Advisory: Chief Justice Roberts to judge Wake Forest law school competition

By Cheryl Walker
November 11, 2005

Chief Justice John Roberts will be one of three judges for the finals of Wake Forest University School of Law's Stanley Competition, an annual moot, or "mock," court competition for Wake Forest law students, on Nov. 18.

Chief Justice John Roberts

The final round of the competition will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

Media are invited to attend the event. Media seating will be reserved in the first row on the far right side of Wait Chapel. Cameras may set up along the right stairway and balcony. Media needing audio of the event should plan to arrive at the chapel before 3:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the law school's student-run Moot Court Board, the event is open to members of the Wake Forest community. The law school has also extended invitations to members of the Forsyth County Bar Association.

Roberts will join Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from Texas and Judge Thomas Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from Delaware to judge the final round of this year's competition.

About 60 Wake Forest law students are participating in the early rounds of the competition. Two finalists will present their cases in front of the three judges. The students will act as lawyers arguing before a federal appeals court. While the students are presenting their arguments, the judges will ask them questions.

Chief Justice Roberts will not be available for interviews.

President Bush nominated Roberts to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. After the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Bush nominated Roberts to replace him, and he was confirmed by the Senate in September. Roberts previously served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

For comment from the law school, call Ann Gibbs, associate dean of external affairs and administration, at 336-758-6119.