Hinton Moot Court

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. 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 encouraged to have a practice argument with a member of the Moot Court Board. For the 2020-21 Competition, roughly 120 UChicago Law alumni from around the country tuned in to judge 84 competitors in the preliminary round.
  • Semi-Final Round (Winter): The top 10-14 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).

The members of the Hinton Moot Court Board consist of competitors from the previous year’s competition who qualified as an honorable mention, semi-finalist, or finalist:


  • Alec Sandler

Vice Presidents

  • Rob Clark
  • Ben Schroeder
  • Olivia Miller
  • Dylan Platt


  • Ed Matin

Please find below the Winning Team of the 2020-21 Hinton Moot Court Competition:

  • Kate Harris
  • Simon de Carvalho

Please find below the Winner of the Best Oralist Award in the 2020-21 Hinton Moot Court Competition:

  • Kenneth Lee
Moot Court Finals
*Participants in the 2020-21 Final Round (pictured from top left to right): Dean Thomas J. Miles, Kate Harris, Simon de Carvalho, Kenneth Lee, Garrett Solberg, Judge Ann Marie Donnelly (EDNY), Justice Thomas Balmer (Oregon Supreme Court), and Judge James Ho (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit).