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 6, 2020 through Sunday, March 8, 2020. 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 first week of February.
- To register, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your law school, number of teams you want to send, and contact information
- Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment
- 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.
- November Update: Registration for the 2020 Evans Competition is now full. If you are still interested in registering, please send an email and we will add you to the wait-list in the event a team drops out. Thank you.
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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Competition Director by email at email@example.com.