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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, TX (Team 5)
Christina Rosendahl, Ashley Shultz, and Juan Antonio Solis

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

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

Gold Sponsor

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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