ALA’s 2018 National Moot Court Competition
November 2-3

The Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) will be sponsoring its annual moot court competition on Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

ALA members act as judges for one of the only Midwest competitions held at every level in working courtrooms. The final round is scheduled to be held in the ceremonial courtroom of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Past judges for the final round include: Judge Diane Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr. and Judge Edmond E. Chang, U.S. District Judges for the Northern District of Illinois; Justice Anne Burke and Justice Mary Jane Theis, Supreme Court of Illinois; Justice Brent E. Dickson, Supreme Court of Indiana; Justice David Prosser, Jr., Supreme Court of Wisconsin; Justice Robert Cook, Justice Donald C. Hudson, Justice William E. Holdridge, Justice Margaret Stanton McBride and Justice M. Carol Pope of the Appellate Court of Illinois.

Recent participating schools include University of Wisconsin Law School, Baylor University Law School, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, St. Louis University School of Law, Liberty University School of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, DePaul University College of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Barry University, Brooklyn Law School, Florida State University College of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, South Texas College of Law Houston, St. Mary’s University School of Law, Western State College of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law.


In keeping with the ALA's attempt to formulate moot court problems that are "ripped from the headlines," this year's problem will involve questions of constitutional law and statutory interpretation.


"The Appellate Lawyers Association is moot court at its finest! I am fortunate to have met and competed with talented law students, intelligent attorneys, and prestigious judges from all over the United States. The entire process enhanced my appreciation for the courtroom, the appellate practice, and the law."
- Moot Court Student Participant
"I enjoyed participating in the ALA competition this year. The judges that we argued before were particularly helpful with their feedback."
- Moot Court Student Participant
"Using experienced appellate lawyers as judges is far more valuable to our moot court students than are trial-lawyer judges who often don't understand the difference between advocacy to a jury and advocacy to a panel of judges. Your judges were superb. I've never seen a more well-prepared group of judges."
- Moot Court Faculty Advisor


1st Place Overall Competition Winner: Catie Messigner, Keriann Smith and Jessica Anderson,
Florida State University College of Law
2nd Place Overall Competition Winner: Alex Shrove and Timothy Lavina,
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Best Oral Argument: Timothy Lavina,
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Best Brief: Catie Messigner, Keriann Smith and Jessica Anderson,
Florida State University College of Law



Click Here to complete the registration form and mail with check.

Mail to:

Appellate Lawyers Association
Attn: Christine Teed
1717 N Naper Blvd., Suite 102
Naperville, IL 60563

Questions? Contact Christine at or 630-599-7103. The registration deadline is August 17, 2018

There is a $100 nonrefundable entry fee for participating in the ALA competition. All registrations need to be submitted no later than August 17, 2018.


Attention ALA Members! Be Part of the Moot Court 2018 Team

Planning for the ALA moot court competition is underway and we want you to be a part of the team that makes this competition stand above the others! We hope you will be a part of the competition this year in any of four ways:

  1. serving as a judge on Friday, November 2, 2018, at the Dirksen Federal Building
  2. grading briefs
  3. drafting portions of the appellate record
  4. joining the committee to coordinate the competition.

Please complete the Judge's Registration Form as soon as you are able. If you have any questions, or are interested in helping draft the problem or offering any other assistance, please email Liz Butler or Scott Howie.

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Christine Teed

Program Administrator

Appellate Lawyers Association

1717 N. Naper Blvd., Suite 102

Naperville, IL 60563

P: (630) 416-1166, ext. #303

F: (630) 416-9798

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