The John W. Davis Moot Court Competition
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.
(2014 Davis Competition Finalist Loren Peck arguing before 2014 Davis Competition Judges: Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain, and Judge Albert Diaz)
2014-15 Important Dates
September 3 at 7pm: Appellate Advocacy Primer - This meeting is mandatory for all Davis Competition participants. We will discuss the grading rubrics for oral arguments and brief-writing, general rules for the competition, and answer any questions.
September 3 - September 4: Sign up in teams or individually by 5:00 pm on Thursday, Sept. 4. A Google doc link for the sign-up sheet will be distributed via email.
Friday, September 5: Participants will receive an e-mail informing them whether they will be Petitioner or Respondent for the brief.
September 8-September 12: Sign up for Oral Arguments for both On-Brief and Off-Brief individually by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 12.
Sunday, September 21: Davis Briefs due outside Moot Court Board Room and submitted on Sakia by 5:00pm.
Monday, September 22: Oral Arguments (on-brief) begin.
Monday, September 29: Oral Arguments (off-brief) begin.
Wednesday, October 9: Quarterfinal round of oral arguments begin.
Thursday, October 16: Semifinal round of oral arguments begin.
Tuesday, October 21 at 5:30 PM in Moot Court Room: John W. Davis Moot Court Competition final round.
2014-15 Competition Materials
2014 Davis Competition Rules
Davis Tips by 2014-15 Administrators Elliott Harding & Krystal Swendsboe
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
2013-2014 Best Brief
2013-2014 Best Brief Runner-Up
Appellate Advocacy Competition Administrators
Krystal B. Swendsboe (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Elliott M. Harding (email@example.com)