Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition


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 18-19, 2020, in Washington, D.C. This year is particularly special in that it marks the 25th anniversary of the Competition and the Centennial Celebration of the Federal Bar Association.

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 Leadership Summit. 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 two teams per school allowed to register at the outset of registration. Additional teams from the same school will be placed on a waitlist and
added in order of date and time of registration Please fill out the PDF registration 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 expected within two weeks of entry but due no later than January 8, 2020. 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 2020 competition:


Registration Open:                                                     October 1, 2019

Registration & Entry Fee Deadline:                        January 8, 2020

Problem and rules distributed:                                   January 13, 2020

Briefs due (must be received by):                              February 14, 2020

Oral Argument:                                                           March 18-19, 2020

Awards Ceremony and Reception:                            March 19, 2020

If you have questions regarding the competition, please contact Laura Mulhern at
2020 Moot Court Rules

PDF Registration Form

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



2020 Moot Court Rules

2020 Moot Court Registration Form


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