Hinton Moot Court

Hinton Moon Court participants in the courtroom

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.
  • 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).

Dates for the 2019-20 Competition:

  • Information Meeting: September 30, 2020
  • Registration Deadline: October 8, 2020 at 5:00 PM CT
  • Practice Arguments: October 18-24, 2020
  • Preliminary Rounds: October 26-30, November 2-6, 2020
  • Semi-Final Round: Thursday, February 18, 2021
  • Final Round: Thursday, April 22, 2021

The members of the 2020-21 Hinton Moot Court Board are last year’s honorable mentions, semi-finalists, and finalists who still attend the Law School:


  • Anthony R. Guttman
  • Harsha Tolappa

Executive Board

  • Benjamin P. Constine
  • Caroline Cordell
  • Kristen Arabaci

Please find below the Finalists of the 2019-20 Hinton Moot Court Competition, to which special recognition is merited:

  • Caroline Cordell
  • Kurt Cronican
  • Brian Sanders
  • Anna Stapleton