The John W. Davis Moot Court Competition
Davis Competition Overview
Held annually since 1980, the John W. Davis Moot Court Competition is an appellate advocacy competition that involves a contemporary question of constitutional law. It consists of two components: preparation of an appellate brief and presentation of oral arguments (on brief and off brief). Participants may write briefs individually or in teams of two; however, all participants argue individually.
Competitors advance from the initial rounds (after both on and off brief) based on the quality of their brief and oral advocacy while they advance in later rounds based purely on oral advocacy. The Moot Court Board recognizes the Best Oralist, the three other finalists, the Best Brief writer, and the runner-up Best Brief writer with awards at the celebratory banquet following the final round.
Be advised that the Honor System applies to every aspect of this competition.
2013-14 Important Dates
September 5 - September 6: Sign up in teams or individually by 5:00 pm on Friday, Sept. 6. A Google doc link for the sign-up sheet will be distributed via email.
Sunday, September 8: Participants will receive an e-mail informing them whether they will be Petitioner or the Respondent for the brief.
Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00 PM: Appellate Advocacy Primer in Classroom A.
September 9-September 13: Sign up for Oral Arguments for both On-Brief and Off-Brief individually by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 13.
Sunday, September 22 no later than 5:00 PM: Davis Briefs Due outside Moot Court Board Room and submitted on Saki.
Monday, September 23: Oral Arguments Begin (Participants will argue on-brief)
Monday, September 30: Oral Arguments Begin (Participants will argue off-brief)
Thursday, October 7: Quarterfinal Round of Oral Argument Begin
Thursday, October 16: Semifinal Round of Oral Argument Begin
Friday, October 25 at 5:30 PM in Moot Court Room: Appellate Advocacy Final Round
2012-13 Competition Materials
2013 Davis Competition Rules.doc
Davis Tips.docx by 2013-14 Administrators Tiffany Eisenbise and Brian Buckmire.
ABA Grading Ballot for Brief
ABA Grading Ballot for Oral Argument
Circuit Rider Uses of Oral Argument by Barry Sullivan
Current Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States
2012 Best Brief
2012 Best Brief Runner-Up
2011 Davis Finals Video
2010 Best Brief (NOTE: all briefs must include a Table of Authorities. 2010 Best Brief to be updated.)
2010 Best Brief Runner-Up
Appellate Advocacy Competition Administrators
Brian G. Buckmire II (Buckmire.B@law.wlu.edu) and Tiffany S. Eisenbise (Eisenbise.T@law.wlu.edu)