The Langfan Family Constitutional Oratorical Competition has recognized student excellence in public speaking and rhetoric since its establishment in 2001. Langfan is not a traditional moot court competition where judges interrupt competitors during their argument. Instead, it is an oratorical competition in which competitors deliver a short uninterrupted speech analyzing a controversial constitutional issue.
The 2016 Langfan topic was:
"Last month, for the first time in a decade, Supreme Court Justice Clarance Thomas asked a question from the bench: Does a misdemeanor violation warrant a suspension of one's constitutional rights? Discuss Justice Thomas's question as it applies to domestic violence misdemeanors and the right to bear arms."
Congratulations to the 2016 winners:
First Place, Reginald Greene
Second Place, Joseph Fielding
Third Place, Michael Lynch
Video of the 2016 Competition Final Round to come!
The 2014 Langfan topic was:
"Should states allow a mother who conceives a child, without the father's consent or knowledge, to recover child support?"
Last year, the school awarded $750 to the 1st Place winner, $500 to the 2nd Place winner and $250 to the 3rd Place winner.
Final Round of the 2014 Langfan Oratorical Competition:
The Winners of the 2014 Competition were:
|Marni Isaacson '14||1st Place|
|Akansha Mishra '15||2nd Place|
|Amy Cassidy '14||3rd Place
Final Round of the 2013 Langfan Oratorical Competition:
The Winners of the 2013 Competition were:
|Erik Wilson '13||1st Place|
|Amy Cassidy '14||2nd Place|
|Agatha Cole '13||3rd Place|
Final Round of the 2012 Langfan Oratorical Competition:
The Winners of the 2012 Competition were:
|Akil Alleyne '13||1st Place|
|Alan Gray '14||2nd Place|
|Etie-Lee Schaub '12||3rd Place|