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A MOOT COURT: ARGUING RACIAL PREFERENCE

Charles OgletreeRendellKathleen Sullivan

Photos © Carol H. Feeley

This hypothetical case, examining the possible debate over exactly who qualifies for racial preferences as America becomes increasingly multiracial, was argued by distinguished lawyers Charles Ogletree and Kathleen Sullivan.

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This moot court was argued before a panel of equally distinguished “judges,” including:

Akhil Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

The Honorable Ronald D. Castille, Chief Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The Honorable Ida K. Chen, Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Michael A. Fitts, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

The Honorable Kent A. Jordan, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

The Honorable Judith Kaye, Chief Judge of the State of New York (Ret.), Of Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

The Honorable Jane A. Roth, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Theodore Shaw, Professor of Professional Practice in Law, Columbia Law School

The Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. In 2009 Professor Ogletree was awarded the prestigious ABA Spirit of Excellence Award in recognition of his many contributions to the legal profession. In 2008, the National Law Journal named Professor Ogletree one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.

Kathleen M. Sullivan is a nationally prominent scholar and teacher of constitutional law. Author of the nation's leading casebook in constitutional law, she has published articles on federalism, religion, speech, equality, and constitutional theory. A professor of law at Harvard Law School before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1993, she is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Also an outstanding litigator who has argued before numerous appeals courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, she has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. From 2004-2005, Sullivan served as a National Constitution Center Visiting Scholar.