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.
Registration opens: Monday, October 24, 2016
Registration deadline: Friday, December 23, 2016
Problem distribution date: Friday, January 6, 2017
Brief submission deadline: Monday, February 6, 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 is not yet available.
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, January 27, 2017.
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 is not yet available. Please consult the rules and scoring sheet for brief requirements.
The competition schedule follows:
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)
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 $119/night. Hotel rooms with 2 beds cost $129/night. Suites cost $159/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 firstname.lastname@example.org.