Moot Court Competition


The competition, designed for two-person teams, will focus on written briefs as well as oral arguments. This year’s topic will address emerging issues in federal law. Arguments will be heard in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the Federal Bar Association’s mid-year meeting.

Important Dates

Problem and rules distributed:  January 15, 2015
Registration & Entry Fee Deadline: January 30, 2015
Briefs due (must be received by): February 27, 2015
Oral Argument: March 26-27, 2015
Awards Ceremony and Reception: March 27, 2015

To the Students Participating in the 2015 FBA Moot Court Competition—

We are very excited for the start of the Annual Thurgood A. Marshall Moot Court Competition next Thursday night! We would like to invite you the Welcome Lunch – hosted by the FBA Younger Lawyers Division on Thursday, March 26, 2015 (12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.)

Hogan Lovells US LLP
Columbia Square
555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Please remember to send your RSVP to for the Welcome Lunch from 12:00–1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th.

Why you should volunteer as a Moot Court judge –
I hope everyone attending the Midyear Meeting makes plans to arrive on Thursday afternoon in time to see for themselves how much fun it is to participate as a judge for the FBA's YLD Thurgood Marshall moot court tournament on Thursday evening at the D.C. Superior courthouse, and throughout the day on Friday at the Federal Circuit/Federal Court of Claims, leading to the final arguments and reception at the wonderful and historic U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, former home of the D.C. Circuit from 1910 to 1950.

I have judged each round of the tournament leading to the final arguments for the last four years, and I enjoy it more and more each year. Not only is it a great opportunity to serve alongside dedicated attorneys, judges, and fellow FBA members as fellow judicial panelists, it is impressive to see the "federal lawyers of tomorrow" present their arguments. We get teams from law schools across the country entering the tournament. They put a lot into it, and it is truly rewarding to see and recognize the result of all their efforts.

It means a lot to the teams that we, as FBA members, give our time to something that is both fun and important to them, and that we support all their hard work.

So, if your schedule allows, please consider signing up for judging at this year's FBA moot court tournament. Whether Thursday evening, Friday morning, or Friday afternoon, all mean a lot to the participating students. This is a great way to give back. . . . And, it's a lot of fun.

James Satola
Vice President for the 6th Circuit

The entry fee per team is $400.00.  Please make your check payable to the Federal Bar Association. Law schools may send up to three (3) teams. Additional information will soon be available on the Younger Lawyers Division Web site. Compete with us in 2015 and your school may receive national recognition in our monthly magazine, The Federal Lawyer.  

Based on past competitions, we have found it best to limit the number of schools allowed to participate. Available slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Accordingly, please fill out the registration form if your school will be participating and forward it directly to Sherwin Valerio at the Federal Bar Association, 1220 N. Fillmore St. Ste. 444, Arlington, VA 22201 or register online. Note that you may send in your registration form without the entry fee; the entry fee is not due until January 28, 2015.

Maximize your exposure at the 2015 Federal Bar Association Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition—one of the premier moot court competitions in the country. Every round of the competition is held at a courthouse in Washington, D.C., with the final round conducted at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Each year, the FBA has been privileged to have judges, scholars, and esteemed jurists serve as the competition judges. Through this competition, the FBA provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with federal practitioners, FBA members, and top law students. We invite you to support the 2015 Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition not only as a sponsor, but as a judge or bailiff. View our high visibility sponsorship opportunities and register today!



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