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 12, 2021, through Sunday, March 14, 2021. The competition is open to all law schools accredited by the American Bar Association.

  • The problem will be released the first week of January and will be due the second week of February.
  • To register, please e-mail evanscompetition@gmail.com starting on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 9 AM Central Time. Please provide your contact information in this email. We will be accepting teams in the order we receive the emails for registration.
  • We are only having 16 teams compete at this year’s competition. With that, only one team from each school will be allowed unless we do not have 16 schools that notify us through email by October 30, 2020, at noon.
  • Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. The fee for the 2021 Evans Competition will be $150.
  • Payment can be sent to:
        University of Wisconsin Law School
        975 Bascom Mall
        Madison, WI 53706
    Please include "Evans Registration Fee" on the memo line.
  • The website will be updated closer to registration with details about the competition this year.

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 Saturday evening 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.

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.

Questions

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

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