2020 Moot Court Competition will take place
November 6-7 via Zoom

We have reached our maximum numbers of teams, registration is closed. 

ALA’s 2020 National Moot Court Competition

The Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) will be sponsoring its annual moot court com­petition on Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7, 2020 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: Judge Diane Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Magistrate Judge Young B. Kim, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; Justice Donald C. Hudson, Justice William E. Holdridge, Justice Margaret Stanton McBride, 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, St. Louis University School of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 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, Chicago-Kent College of Law, UC Hastings College of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, University of Mississippi 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.

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
Blake Sequeira and Shirley Yang, University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law 
Second Place Overall Competition Winner
• Carolyn Horton, Ashley Poindexter, and Mark Babcock, Michigan State University Law School
Best Oral Argument
Emily Vaught, Brooklyn Law School
Best Brief
Brett Lashley and Max Eichenblatt, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Participating Schools
Baylor University Law School
Brooklyn Law School

Chicago-Kent College of Law
John Marshall Law School

Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Michigan State University College of Law
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
South Texas College of Law Houston
University of Florida Levin College of Law
University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Attention ALA Members!  Be Part of the Moot Court 2020 Team
Attorneys like you are needed to judge oral arguments at 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6, and to grade briefs of law student contestants in October.  If you are able to volunteer in either capacity, please click here to download the registration form.  

 If you have any questions, or are interested in helping draft the problem or offering any other assistance, please email Keely Hillison.


The Appellate Lawyers Association is offering your firm a chance to receive national recognition through its annual Moot Court Competition.  Click here for more information.    

The Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Committee would like to thank the following sponsors for contributing to the 2020 Moot Court competition.

2020 Platinum Sponsor

Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC
Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC is a firm of trial and appellate lawyers representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial, corporate, and governmental litigation.  TDR has a record of providing efficient, innovative, and effective representation to clients both in and out of court.  TDR’s partners include past ALA Presidents Gino L. DiVito and Michael I Rothstein, and current ALA President John Fitzgerald.  Learn more at tdrlawfirm.com

2020 Silver Sponsors

Quarles & Brady LLP
Quarles & Brady LLP is national multidisciplinary AmLaw 200 firm. For nearly 130 years, we have provided quality legal services to a wide variety of industries on a national and international stage for clients ranging from Fortune 500 to medium and small-sized companies.
When representing clients in appeals, while our practice is national, we have a particular depth of experience in the appeals courts where we have our offices: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin as well as in the Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Ninth and Federal Circuits. Our resources include attorneys who have clerked for appellate judges and those who are active in bar association activities with appeals court judges. Our appellate lawyers also represent a wide range of groups in participating as amici in federal and state courts.

Law Offices of Michael W. Rathsack

Forde Law Offices
Forde Law Offices LLP is a seven-lawyer firm that focuses its practice on commercial litigation and appeals, as well as residential and commercial real estate transactions and zoning matters. Our clients include individuals, partnerships, major corporations, and some of the leading lawyers and law firms in Chicago. We have been lead counsel or co-counsel in some of the most important cases in Illinois, including litigation involving the demutualization of the Chicago Board of Trade, cost-of-living adjustments for Illinois state court judges, and the election challenge to the then-mayoral candidate (now mayor) of the City of Chicago. We have defended corporations and corporate officers in shareholder derivative actions and in cases brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission; and we have represented plaintiffs in business and governmental disputes, including the Speaker of Illinois House of Representatives and President of the Illinois Senate in a constitutional challenge to actions by the Governor in withholding salaries from members of the Legislature. We continue to serve our clients in the federal courts and the courts of Illinois, Indiana, and Delaware.

2020 Bronze Sponsors

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Mahoney, Silverman & Cross


“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

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