ALA’s 2019 National Moot Court Competition November 1-2

The Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) will be sponsoring its annual moot court com¬petition on Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2, 2019 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.


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

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2018 Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Competition a success, including our judges, brief graders, sponsors, and the Moot Court Committee. Twenty-five teams from across the nation participated in this year’s competition. Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners:

First Place Overall:
Baylor Law School (Waco, Tex.) (Team 5)
Christina Rosendahl, Ashley Shultz, and Juan Antonio Solis

Second Place Overall:
St. Mary’s University School of Law (San Antonio, Tex.) (Team 13)
Bobby Biedrzycki and Katelynn Armijo

Best Brief:
Baylor Law School
(Team 5) Brief
Second Place:
South Texas College of Law (Houston, Tex.) (Team 4) Brief

Best Oral Argument:
Daniel DiClemente, University of Florida (Team 25)
Second place (tie):
Mahiru Musari, Chicago-Kent College of Law (Team 9) and
Katelynn Armijo, St. Mary’s University School of Law (Team 13)

2018 Moot Court Question

Review and download the Moot Court Rules and the Moot Court Record.


The Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Committee would like to thank the following sponsors for contributing to this year's Moot Court competition.


Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S. law firm with 450 attorneys located in 11 states and London. Founded in 1934, the firm has a national reputation for its insurance industry work, its representation of professionals and law firms, and its closely coordinated business advisory, transactional, and litigation services on behalf of emerging and middle-market businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and governmental and public sector clients. Hinshaw also has a National Tier 1 ranked Appellate Practice according to U.S. News. For nearly five decades, our appellate lawyers have represented businesses and individuals at all levels of state and federal reviewing courts throughout the country. Hinshaw’s appellate attorneys have practiced before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals in 12 circuits, as well as the reviewing courts of more than a dozen states.

Silver Sponsor

Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC

For nearly two decades, Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC has been one of Chicago’s pre-eminent civil litigation law practices. DBMS frequently and successfully tries complex, high-exposure cases in the country’s most challenging jurisdictions. The firm focuses on the areas of professional liability, product liability, insurance coverage, commercial litigation and appeals.

DBMS’ approach to litigation is highly responsive to the goals and needs of the clients. Each client and each case is treated uniquely as the firm and the client develop the best approach to litigation strategy.

DBMS is proud of its reputation among judges, colleagues and opponents as an aggressive and thorough firm that is highly professional in its conduct of litigation. The firm’s superb record at trial encourages opponents to try and resolve matters early in the litigation process.

Quarles & Brady LLP

Quarles & Brady LLP began in Milwaukee almost 120 years ago and is now a full-service firm representing clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, to medium and small-sized businesses and is among the Am Law 200.

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.

Bronze Sponsor

BartlettChen LLC

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Law Offices of Michael W. Rathsack

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Christine Teed

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Appellate Lawyers Association

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