Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition


                        ***Registration for this event is now closed***

The Younger Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association is pleased to announce the Annual Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, which will be held on March 20-21, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Several aspects of the competition make it one of the premier moot court competitions in the country. First, every round of the competition is held at a courthouse, as opposed to a law school or office setting. The opportunity for law students to present oral arguments in actual courtrooms is an invaluable experience. Second, all of the individuals who serve as judges in the competition are actual judges, practitioners, or scholars. This too reinforces the “real world” experience for competitors. Third, competitors have an opportunity at the awards reception that immediately follows the final round of the competition to network with federal judges and practitioners, who travel from around the country to attend the Federal Bar Association’s mid-year meeting. Finally, as an added bonus, each participant in the competition receives a free one-year law student membership in the Federal Bar Association.

The competition, designed for two-person teams, focuses on written briefs as well as oral arguments. Arguments for the competition are heard in Washington, D.C., and entry is limited to 40 teams. Available slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be only one team per school allowed to register at the outset of registration. Additional teams from the same school will be placed on a waitlist. The second team will be added in order of date and time of registration Please fill out the accompanying form if your school will be participating and email it directly to You must send in your registration form to reserve your spot in the competition. Please note, however, that a team’s registration is not complete until the entry fee is received by the FBA.  The entry fee is due by January 9, 2019. Teams who fail to pay the registration fee by this date are subject to lose their spots in the competition to teams on the waitlist.

The following schedule has been established for the 2019 competition:


Registration & Entry Fee Deadline:                        January 9, 2019

Problem and rules distributed:                                   January 14, 2019

Briefs due (must be received by):                              February 15, 2019

Oral Argument:                                                           March 20-21, 2019

Awards Ceremony and Reception:                            March 21, 2019


We have included a copy of an article about the 2018 competition that appeared in The Federal Lawyer, the Federal Bar Association’s national publication. Participate in the 2019 competition, and your school may receive similar national recognition!

If you have questions regarding the competition, please contact David C. Acerra at
Judge Registration Form

Judge Instructions

Judge FAQ

If you are interested in volunteering as a bailiff, please contact

Bailiff Instructions

The Problem:

2019 Moot Court Problem

Important Student Information

Below is a list of recommended hotels that are near the competition.

Fairfield Inn & Suites 

500 H St NW
Washington DC, 20001

 Hotel Harrington 

436 11th St
Washington, DC 20004

 Embassy Suites 

900 10th St NW
Washington DC 20001

 Holiday Inn Rosslyn 

1900 N Fort Myer Drive
Arlington VA 22209

Courtyard Marriott Arlington 

1533 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington VA 22209

Best Western Rosslyn

 1501 Arlington Blvd
Arlington VA 22209

Hilton Garden Inn Courthouse 

1333 N. Courthouse Rd
Arlington VA 22201

Clarion Hotel Arlington Court Suites

1200 N. Courthouse Rd
Arlington VA 22201

Holiday Inn Washington Capitol 

550 C St SW
Washington DC 20024

Hampton Inn DC Navy Yard 

1265 First Street SE
Washington DC 20003

Washington Court Hotel 

525 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington DC 20001



2019 Registration Form

2019 Moot Court Official Rules

Bailiff Instructions

Judge Instructions

Bailiff Participation Information

Student Participation Information


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