Cazenovia resident Judge Stewart F. Hancock Jr., right, reads from the docket during a mock-Supreme Court trial study on Dec. 10 at Syracuse University Law School. Beside Hancock, who acted as presiding justice, are fellow members of the “Room 400 Supreme Court”; Judge David Peebles, Professor Travis Lewin and Emil Rossi.
"This was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun to hear [the] appellate arguments and observe such accomplished advocates," Judge Mordue said, following the class session. "As I told Judge Hancock, this was the best moot court argument that I have ever observed."
"Although I learned long ago never to disagree with a judge; never say, “that’s not so, your honor” in this case I can add nothing that says better than Judge Mordue about the event yesterday," Professor Lewin said on Dec. 11. "I very much enjoyed outstanding arguments and thank Judge Hancock for inviting me to take part."
Hancock, who is a mainstay in the area court system, will turn 90 years old in February, and can still be found regularly walking — sometimes cross country skiing, if the weather is right — to his office on Mill Street.