Moot Court Competition
Dear Moot Court Society:
On behalf of the Moot Court Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of
The Chicago Bar Association ("CBA"), it is our pleasure to invite your
school to take part in the 34th Annual CBA Moot Court
Competition to be held November 10, 11 and 12, 2016.
Participants will have the opportunity to hone their research, writing,
and oral advocacy skills along with approximately 30 other teams. A
special effort is made to recruit sitting judges from the Chicago area
to give contestants a real taste of courtroom practice. The following
encompasses some important details of the Competition, which may assist
you in your decision to participate:
1. Fee: There is a $200 fee for each team entered
in the Competition.
2. Participants: Each
ABA-accredited law school may enter a maximum of 2 teams. Please note
that there is a separate and later registration date for a second team.
Registration of a second team is subject to availability. General
registration opens on May 9, 2016. Registration for a second team
opens on July 1, 2016.
Each team may consist of 2 or 3 students. Each student must be, at the
time the team is registered to compete in the Competition, a law student
pursuing a Juris Doctor degree. All team members must be students at the
same law school. No student may be a member of more than one team in the
3. Problem: Each school's faculty representative
will receive a copy of the problem and the rules of the Competition no
later than August 15, 2016 in order to give each team ample
time to research and prepare for the Competition.
4. Briefs: Participants will prepare written briefs,
which must be postmarked using a traceable means by October 14,
2016. In addition, each team shall also
electronically submit 1 copy of its Measuring Brief to the Committee to
be posted for purposes of preparing for oral arguments. An electronic
copy of each Team’s brief will be posted on an electronic storage
site that can be accessed by all Teams.
5. Oral Arguments: Participants will argue in
two preliminary rounds (5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) of oral argument
on the evenings of November 10, 2016 and November 11, 2016. A
third preliminary round will take place with 16 teams advancing to the
Octo-Final round on November 11, 2016. Eight teams will advance to the
Quarter Final round at 9:00 a.m. and four teams will advance to the
Semi-Final round at 10:45 a.m. on November 12, 2016. The top two teams
will then advance to the Final round at 12:30 p.m. on November 12,
Shawna Boothe, Jennifer Bitoy and Jeffrey Moskowitz, will
serve as the Co-Chairs of the Moot Court Competition Committee. Please
feel free to direct any questions regarding the Competition to
We hope you will include the CBA Moot Court Competition in your
fall schedule. Please complete and submit the registration
form online. We are able to allow up to 30 teams to participate in
the competition. All entries must be received on or before
August 15, 2016.
We look forward to your participation!