Evans Moot Court Competition

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The University of Wisconsin Law School Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that it will host its annual Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition over the weekend of Friday, March 3, 2017 through Sunday, March 5, 2017. The competition is open to all law schools accredited by the American Bar Association.

Details will be posted in October, including registration dates and costs.

About the Competition

Oral arguments will begin on Friday afternoon, and conclude on Sunday afternoon. Each team will argue in all three of the preliminary rounds. The first two preliminary rounds will be on Friday afternoon. The third preliminary round will be on Saturday morning. During the first two preliminary rounds, each team will argue on-brief once and off-brief once. Teams will be randomly assigned by the competition director to argue either on-brief or off-brief for the third preliminary round.

The preliminary through quarter-final rounds will be held in Dane County Courthouse at 215 South Hamilton Street on Friday and Saturday. The semi-final round will be held Sunday morning at the Dane County Courthouse. The final round will be held in the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room in the Wisconsin State Capitol at Two East Main St. on Sunday. Competition judge panels will be composed of experienced trial attorneys, and judges from various state and federal courts.

2017 Competition Results

First Place: Collin Kurtenbach & Jessica Pederson - Loyola Univerity Chicago School of Law
Second Place: Fiona Duffy & Jillian Kaltner - UC Hastings College of the Law
Third Place: Ryan Cunningham & Layton Suchma - South Texas College of Law - Houston

Important Dates

Registration opens: Monday, October 24, 2016
Registration deadline: Friday, December 23, 2016
Problem distribution date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Brief submission deadline: Friday, February 10, 2017
Competition weekend: Friday, March 3–Sunday, March 5, 2017


The registration form is now available. All registrations are considered incomplete until the deposit is received.


The 2017 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Problem has been distributed.

Questions about the Problem

Please consult the Competition rules for the proper procedure for submitting questions about the problem. The last day to submit questions about the problem is Friday, February 3, 2017.

Corrected Citation Errors:
Page 5 of the Problem: All Writs Act should be 28 USC 1651 (written as 26 USC 1651)
Page 7: Oliver v. United States is 466 US 170 (written as 446 US 170)
Page 8: Watkins v. State is 208 N.W.2d 449 (written as 59 N.W.2d 449)
Page 9: Commonwealth v. Dora is 781 N.E.2d 62 (written as 781 N.E.2d 841)
Page 10: United States v. McGrane, 746 F.2d 632 (written as being United States v. Concepcion)
Page 14: United States v. Otero is 563 F.3d 1127 (10th circuit 2009) (written as 5th circuit 2009)
Footnote 2 on Page 14: United States v. Carey is 172 F.3d 1268 (written as 172 F.3d 1078). This case is correctly cited on page 15.
Page 18: 18 USC 2332a (written as 18 USC 23321)
Page 18: Same United States v. Otero problem as on Page 14.
Page 26: Schmerber v. California is 384 US 757 (written as 384 US 575). This is correct elsewhere in the problem.
Page 27: United States v. White is 322 US 694 (1944) (year is written as 1911)

Additional Corrections:
R.2: First paragraph, first sentence: "use of the fingerprint technology to unlock his cellphone."
Correction: “This matter comes before this Court on Defendant’s Motion to Suppress evidence gathered from the search of his storage area and of his cellphone and the use of the Defendant’s fingerprint to unlock his cellphone.“

R. 6: In the first full paragraph, the second sentence states that Cooper traveled to Arkham in August 2014.
Correction: August 2013

R. 6-7: “Dr. Cooper also moved to suppress all evidence found on his phone arguing the use of his fingerprint to unlock his iPhone was a testimonial act, in violation of the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, and, in the alternative, the evidence of his transportation and sale of the Batman Comic and other comic books stolen from the comic book store in California should be suppressed because the warrant issued by Magistrate Judge Farrah Fowler lacked particularity in the places to be searched.” (Prior version made a reference to an artificially printed thumb)

R.10: First paragraph (noncarry over), second to last sentence: "basement lockers, as having an expectation of privacy." Correction: "...as NOT having an expectation of privacy."

R. 11-12: “Unable to access the cellphone with the cooperation of the Defendant, the Agents sought an order requiring Dr. Cooper’s assistance.” (old version made a reference to “tools were at their disposal to access the phone”)

R.19: In the fourth line from the bottom of the page, the date should be September 9, 2013, NOT August 15, 2013.

R. 39, Exhibit 2: Items 10 & 11 say “Vulcan” for the location when it should say “Arkham,” per R.6. 

Rule Clarification:
Part III, Section D: Brief covers should say "On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Thirteenth Circuit" 

Competitor Briefs

All competition briefs will be emailed to the competitors after the brief submission deadline.

Rules and Score Sheet

The 2017 Competition rules can be found here. The 2017 Brief Technical Scoring Sheet can be found here. The 2017 Brief Substantive Scoring Sheet can be found here. Please consult the rules and scoring sheet for brief requirements.

Competition Schedule

The 2017 competition schedule has not yet been set. However, the schedule will likely be very similar to the 2016 schedule that appears below. Please check back closer to the competition, as this information will be updated should the schedule change.

Friday, March 4

  • 3 - 4 p.m. - Registration
  • 4:30 - 6 p.m. - Preliminary Round 1
  • 7 - 8:30 p.m. - Preliminary Round 2

Saturday, March 5

  • 10 - 11:30 a.m. - Preliminary Round 3A
  • 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Preliminary Round 3B (Competitors will compete in either 3A or 3B, not both)
  • 2 - 3:30 p.m. - Octofinals (Top 16 teams compete)
  • 4 - 5:30 p.m. - Quarterfinals (Top 8 teams compete)
  • Evening - Banquet
  • 6:00 - Cocktail Hour
  • 7:00 - Dinner

Sunday, March 6

  • 10 - 11:30 a.m. - Semifinals (Top 4 teams compete)
  • 1 - 2:30 p.m. - Finals (Top 2 teams compete)

Lodging Information

There is a block of rooms reserved at the Best Western Plus Inn on the Park in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The hotel is located across the street from the Wisconsin State Capitol and within blocks of the courthouse used for the competition.

The reservation is under "Evans Competition 2017." The reservation block begins Thursday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 5th. The reservation cutoff date is February 3rd. Hotel rooms with 1 bed cost $129/night. Hotel rooms with 2 beds cost $139/night. 

The Best Western Inn on the Park is located at 22 S. Carroll St., Madison, WI 53703. The Inn on the Park's phone number is 608-285-8000. The Inn on the Park's website is www.innonthepark.net.

Air Travel Information

Madison is served by the Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) at 4000 International Lane, located about five miles northeast of downtown Madison.  The area is also served by General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, located about ninety miles east of Madison.

About Judge Evans

The Honorable Evan A. Evans, an 1899 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1916 to 1948, and in the role of senior judge from 1934 to 1948. He maintained strong ties to the University of Wisconsin, serving as trustee of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, as president of the Alumni Association, and as a member of the Board of Visitors.

While on the bench, Judge Evans asked for and received a separation of the duties handled by the circuit and district court, so that the district court could handle all of the trial work, while the circuit court could handle the growing number of appeals. Judge Evans’ request to physically separate the courts resulted in the construction of the United States Court of Appeals building at 1212 Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

The University of Wisconsin Law School Moot Court Board is pleased to honor the career of Judge Evans by inviting students to argue constitutional issues in hopes of living up to his high standard of appellate advocacy. Judge Evans, noted for his writing skills and outstanding oral argument during his years in practice, left as his legacy a standard of excellence for the field of appellate advocacy. This standard of excellence inspired the dedication of our competition to Judge Evans.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Competition Director by email at evanscompetition@gmail.com.

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