Hinton Moot Court

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The Edward W. Hinton Moot Court Competition is the Law School’s own moot court competition, open to 2L and 3L students in the Law School.  Participants gain experience in appellate advocacy—both written and oral—in three rounds of competition (one each quarter):

  • Preliminary Round (Fall):  Open to all 2L’s and 3L’s (except those 3L’s who were Semi-Finalists last year).  No brief-writing is required.  Participants argue both sides of a current case—based on briefs prepared by the real advocates—in front of a panel of alumni or practitioner judges.  First-time competitors are required to have a practice argument with a member of the Moot Court Board.
  • Semi-Final Round (Winter):  The top 10-12 competitors from the Preliminary Round write briefs and argue a new case in front of a panel of faculty judges. 
  • Final Round (Spring):  The top four competitors from the Semi-Final Round write briefs and argue a new case in front of a panel of sitting judges (typically federal appellate judges).
Please join us in congratulating our 12 Semi-Finalists (alphabetical order):

Andrew C. Adair
MaryAnn Almeida
Ben Berkman
Dan Epstein
Ben Hudgens
Erica Jaffe
David Palay
Stephen Richer
Casen Ross
Nicholas Spear
Trent Tanner
Kate Walling

We also wanted to recognize the following individuals as Honorable Mentions (alphabetical order):

Katy Garceau
John Moynihan
Mikaela Shaw

Dates for the 2013-14 Competition:

  • Information Meeting:  October 7, 2013 
  • Registration Deadline:  11:59 PM, October 21, 2013
  • Practice Arguments:  October 23-25 and October 30-November 1, 2013
  • Preliminary (Fall) Rounds:  November 4-8 and 11-15, 2013
  • Semi-Final (Winter) Round:  February 25, 2014
  • Final (Spring) Round:  April 28, 2014

Hinton Moot Court Board

The members of the 2013-14 Hinton Moot Court Board:


  • Jeff Gilson

Vice Chair

  • Michael Turkel


  • William Bucher
  • Bill Panfel
  • Joseph Rosner
  • Alexandra Tate
  • C. Cecilia Wang 

To contact the Moot Court Board, email us at moot@law.uchicago.edu

Registration for Preliminary Round:

Registration has closed.


Information for the Preliminary Round:

  • Preliminary Round Case Information [DOC]
  • Preliminary Round Rules [PDF]  
  • Scoring Rubric  [PDF]
  • Tips for Successful Oral Advocacy  [PDF]  |  Oral Advocacy Resource Guide  [Law Library]


Information for the Semi-Final Round:

  • Semi-Final Round Case Information [DOC]
  • Semi-Final Round Rules [DOC]