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2023 Donald C. Hudson Memorial Moot Court Competition 
November 3-4

ALA’s 2023 National Moot Court Competition

The Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) will be sponsoring its annual moot court com­petition on Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4, 2023 in-person in Chicago, Illinois.

ALA members act as judges, with actual Appellate Court Justices judging the semi-final and final rounds. 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 Sharon Oden Johnson, Justice Cynthia Cobbs, Justice Jesse Reyes, Justice Mary L. Mikva, Justice Judy Lynn Cates and Justice Mary Anne Mason of the Appellate Court of Illinois.

Recent participating schools include 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, St. Mary's University of Law, Stetson University College of Law, Rutgers Law School, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and Michigan State University Law School.


Please note: from June 19, 2023 through July 21, 2023, registration is limited to 1 team per school. If space remains after the July 21, 2023 registration deadline, schools may register a second team. The general registration deadline is August 11, 2023. Questions? Contact Christine at or (630) 599-7103. There is a $200 per team nonrefundable entry fee for participating in the ALA competition.

First Place Overall Competition Winner
         University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Second Place Overall Competition Winner
      •   Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Best Oral Argument
  Claire McCall, Southwestern Law School
Best Brief
  Baylor University School of Law

Participating Schools
Baylor University School of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Florida State

Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Michigan State University College of Law
Northern Illinois College of Law
University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law

South Texas College of Law Houston
Southwestern Law School
Stetson University College of Law
Syracuse University College of Law
University of California, Hastings College of Law
University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
University of Mississippi School of Law


“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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