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ALA's 2021 National Moot Court Competition
November 5-6, 2021 via Zoom

2020 Moot Court Competition was held
November 6-7 via Zoom

ALA’s 2020 National Moot Court Competition

The Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Committee would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2020 Moot Court 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


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

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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