ALA’s 2016 National Moot Court Competition
November 4-5

The Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) will be sponsoring its annual moot court competition on Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5, 2016 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 court room 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, and Justice M. Carol Pope of the Appellate Court of Illinois.

Recent participating schools include University of Wisconsin Law School, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, St. Louis University School of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, DePaul University College of Law, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Barry University, Western State College of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

There is a $75 nonrefundable entry fee for participating in the ALA competition. All registrations need to be submitted no later than August 15, 2016.



In keeping with the ALA's attempt to formulate moot court problems that are "ripped from the headlines," this year's problem involves Constitutional issues of criminal procedure and sentencing.



“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


“ALA was an amazing experience that I will never forget. The issues on appeal were extremely interesting and I loved the challenge they posed in researching and crafting legal arguments. The competition was well run throughout its entirety. The experience and honor of arguing in the final round in front of Michael A. Scodro, Illinois’ Solicitor General, Justice William E. Holdridge, Illinois Appellate Court Third District, and Justice Donald C. Hudson, Illinois Appellate Court Second District truly made all of the hard work worth it.”

Moot Court Student Participant


“From the posh meet and greet in a renowned law firm's Chicago high rise to the final round being benched by no less than the sitting Illinois Solicitor General, ALA was a moot court dream... everything you secretly hope a competition will be, but wouldn't dare wish it out loud for fear of jinxing it. A superbly run legal proving ground.”

Moot Court Student Participant



First Place Overall Competition Winner and First Place Best Brief Winner

  • Justin Joffee and Matthew Smart, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Second Place Overall Competition Winner

  • Patrick Simonaitis, Haley Wasserman, and Michael Ovca, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

First Place Best Oral Agrument (tie)

  • Kyle Jacob, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Chris White, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law


Click Here to complete the registration form. Mail to Appellate Lawyers Association Attn: Christine Teed, 1717 N Naper Blvd., Suite 102, Naperville, IL 60563. Questions? Contact Christine at or 630-599-7103. The registration deadline is August 15, 2016

Attention ALA Members! Be Part of the Moot Court 2016 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 in any of four ways:

  1. serving as a judge on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in the afternoon at the Dirksen Federal Building
  2. grading briefs
  3. drafting portions of the appellate record
  4. joining the committee to coordinate the competition.

Please complete the Judge's Registration Form as soon as you are able. If you have any questions, or are interested in helping draft the problem or offering any other assistance, please email Liz Butler or Scott Howie.

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Christine Teed

Program Administrator

Appellate Lawyers Association

1717 N. Naper Blvd., Suite 102

Naperville, IL 60563

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F: (630) 596-1418

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