The case West Bay Point New Freedom Church Inc., Reverend William P. Connell, Susan Barns v. Jonathan Barns, Shaleen Barns was argued in November 1977 at the Ames Moot Court Competition. The presiding judges were Hon. Thurgood Marshall, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court; Hon. J. Skelly Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals for The District of Columbia Circuit; Hon. Edward F. Hennessey, Chief Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
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.