The Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) will be sponsoring its annual moot court competition on Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7, 2015 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., U.S. District Judge 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 University School of Law, South Texas College of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Florida Coastal School 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 17, 2015.
Not only does the Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Competition provide your students with industry contacts, but winners of the competition will receive a financial prize.
In keeping with the ALA's attempt to formulate moot court problems that are "ripped from the headlines," this year's problem involves foreign nations and the reach of American law.
“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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-599-7103. The registration deadline is August 17, 2015
Attention ALA Members! Be Part of the Moot Court 2015 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:
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 David Allen or Scott Howie.
The 2014 competition winners were the team of Jon Puskar and Scott Kater from Loyola University Chicago Law School. First place award for best brief went to Gina Savoie, Caroline Rutledge and Matei Stroescu from St. Louis University School of Law. David Repling, Chicago-Kent College of Law, won first place for best oral argument. Alexander Shaaban, Kylie Starr and Lynet’ Shigg of Western State College of Law, won second place overall competition. Samantha Odyniec, DePaul University College of Law, won second place for best oral argument. Erin Brennan, Elizabeth Kim and Robert Mayville from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, won second place award for best brief.
The Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Committee would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2014 Moot Court Competition.
First Place: Jon Puskar and Scott Kater, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Team 14
Second Place: Alexander Shaaban, Kylie Star and Lynet’ Shigg, Western State College of Law, Team 7
First Place: Gina Savoie, Caroline Rutledge and Matei Stroescu, St. Louis University School of Law, Team 15. Brief 15
Second Place: Erin Brennan, Elizabeth Kim and Robert Mayville, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Team 8. Brief 8
Third Place: Jon Puskar and Scott Kater, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Team 14. Brief #14 Brief 14
First Place: David Repling, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Team 11
Second Place: Samantah Odyniec, DePaul University College of Law, Team 6
and Alexander Shaaban, Western State College of Law, Team 7
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