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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 Thirty-Second Annual CBA Moot Court Competition to be held November 13, 14 and 15, 2014.

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 $100 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 1, 2014. Registration for a second team opens on July 15, 2014.

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 Competition.

3. Problem: Each school's faculty representative will receive a copy of the problem and the rules of the Competition no later than August 18, 2014 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 17, 2014.  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 13, 2014 and November 14, 2014.. A third preliminary round will take place with 16 teams advancing to the Octo-Final round on November 14, 2014. 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 14, 2014. The top two teams will then advance to the Final round at 12:30 p.m. on November 15, 2014.


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 mootcourt@chicagobar.org.

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, 2014.

We look forward to your participation!