Evans Moot Court Competition

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 1, 2019 through Sunday, March 3, 2019. The competition is open to all law schools accredited by the American Bar Association.

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.

Important Dates

Registration opens: Monday, October 29, 2018
Registration deadline: Friday, December 21, 2018
Problem distribution date: To be announced
Brief submission deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Competition weekend: Friday, March 1–Sunday, March 3, 2019


Registration is now open. Please find the registration form here. All registrations are considered incomplete until the deposit is received.


The 2018 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Problem will be distributed according to the schedule above. Questions about the problem received to date and their answers are available here.

Competitor Briefs

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

Rules and Score Sheet

The 2018 Competition rules are available here. The scoring sheets will be available with the release of the problem.

Competition Schedule

The 2018 competition schedule has not yet been set. However, the schedule will likely be very similar to the 2017 schedule that appears below. Please check back closer to the competition, as this information will be updated should the schedule change.

Friday, March 1

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

Saturday, March 2

  • 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 3

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

Transportation information


There is a block of rooms reserved at the Best Western Premier 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 2018." The reservation block begins Thursday, February 28th through Sunday, March 5th. The reservation cutoff date is February 2nd.

The cost of these rooms:

  • $134 plus tax per night for traditional rooms with 1 or 2 beds
  • $144 plus tax per night for deluxe rooms with 1 or 2 beds
  • $174 plus tax per night for suites

The Best Western Premier 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 http://parkhotelmadison.com/.

For the group booking link, please contact the Evan A. Evans Competition Vice President at evanscompetition@gmail.com

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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