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2021 Moot Court Competition will take place
November 5-6 via Zoom

Registration is closed - we have reached our maximum number of teams. 

ALA’s 2021 National Moot Court Competition

The Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) will be sponsoring its annual moot court com­petition on Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6, 2021 via Zoom in Chicago, Illinois.

ALA members act as judges, with actual Appellate Court Justices judging the semi-final and final rounds. Traditionally held in working courtrooms of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, this year’s competition will be held via Zoom in order to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Past judges of the Semi-Final and Final rounds include: Justice Donald C. Hudson,  Justice William E. Holdridge,  Justice Nathaniel R. Howse, Jr.,  Justice Margaret Stanton McBride,  Justice Michael B. Hyman,  Justice Mary K. Rochford,  Justice Maureen Connors,  Justice Cynthia Cobbs,  Justice Jesse Reyes, and Justice Mary Anne Mason of the Appellate Court of Illinois.

Recent participating schools include University of Wisconsin Law School, Baylor University Law School, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Stetson University College of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Florida State University College of Law, South Texas College of Law Houston, Chicago-Kent College of Law, UC Hastings College of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law, University of Pacific, Syracuse University College of Law, McGeorge School of Law, New York Law School, Texas Tech University School of Law, The John Marshall Law School, University of Florida Levin College of Law, and Michigan State University Law School.

This year, the ALA is formulating a problem that will touch on federal constitutional law, criminal procedure, and technology. 

Complete the registration form and mail to Appellate Lawyers Association Attn: Christine Teed, 1717 N. Naper Blvd., Suite 102, Naperville, IL 60563. Questions? Contact Christine at cteed@wmrhq.com or (630) 599-7103. There is a $100 nonrefundable entry fee for participating in the ALA competition.

First Place Overall Competition Winner
 Holly Parker Curry, Erin Tuck and Alexander Gioffre, Florida State University College of Law 
Second Place Overall Competition Winner
• Alexander Vicas and Maddie Thomas, UC Hastings College of Law
Best Oral Argument
 Maddie Thomas, UC Hastings College of Law
Best Brief
 Bianca Damasio, Ron Espinal and Erik Banuchi, Stetson University College of Law

Participating Schools

Florida State University College of Law
University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Texas Tech University School of Law
UC Hastings College of Law
New York Law School
Stetson University College of Law
Michigan State University
Northern Illinois University College of Law
UIC John Marshall
University of Mississippi

Attention ALA Members! Be Part of the Moot Court 2021 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 by
grading briefs and serving as a judge on Friday, November 5, 2021. 

Please complete the Judge's Registration Form.  


The Appellate Lawyers Association is offering your firm a chance to receive national recognition through its annual Moot Court Competition.  Sponsoring the moot court competition will offer your firm recognition in the legal community. As a national competition, we attract students from law schools nationwide, giving broad exposure and favorable publicity to your organization. Connecting with students at these schools will pre-sent your firm with an inside advantage to recruit some of the most promising young professionals in the industry.

Click Here for more information on becoming a sponsor.  


“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

DISCLAIMER: The Appellate Lawyers Association does not provide legal services or legal advice. Discussions of legal principles and authority, including, but not limited to, constitutional provisions, statutes, legislative enactments, court rules, case law, and common-law doctrines are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.

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