The John W. Davis Moot Court Competition
Note: Important dates, sign ups, updated documents, and results can be found at www.wlumootcourt.com/moot-court.
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)
John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition Rules (2015-2016)
Scoring Ballot for Briefs
Scoring Ballot for Oral Arguments
Videos of Past Davis Competitions
Skilling v. United States - Oral Argument
Circuit Rider Uses of Oral Argument by Barry Sullivan
Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States
2014-2015 Best Brief
2014-2015 Best Brief Runner-Up
2013-2014 Best Brief
2013-2014 Best Brief Runner-Up
Appellate Advocacy Competition Administrators
Deb Howe | Howe.D@law.wlu.edu
James Simon | Simon.J@law.wlu.edu