Moot Court Competition
12th Annual Williams Institute Moot Court Competition, Preliminary Rounds
Saturday, February 27, 2016
UCLA School of Law
Now in its twelfth year, the Williams Institute hosts the only national competition dedicated exclusively to the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity law. The competition provides an opportunity for competitors to write an appellate brief on a current legal topic and to argue the case before a panel of judges. The competition is designed to promote and recognize the finest oral and written advocacy on a significant problem in sexual orientation and gender identity law.
Four rounds of arguments – two preliminary rounds, a quarterfinal and semifinal round – will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2016. The final round will take place on Friday, April 8, 2016 during the Williams Institute’s 15th Annual Update Conference. The Williams Institute will cover finalists’ travel expenses for the final round. All events will take place at the UCLA School of Law.
Moot court participants will be scored on both their written briefs and oral arguments.
2015-2016 Competition Calendar
October 12, 2015 – Registration opens
November 27, 2015 – Registration closes
December 7, 2015 – Problem released
January 26, 2016 – Last day for questions/problem clarification
January 29, 2016 – Briefs due
February 27, 2016 – Preliminary, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds
April 8, 2016 – Final round of competition
Each team may consist of two or three members. If a team has three members, all must argue in the competition but only two may argue in any given round.
The winning team will receive a prize of $500. Prizes of $200 will also be given for the best brief and the best oral advocate.
Registration is now open online. To register for the competition, please complete the online registration form and pay the non-refundable registration fee of $300 by credit card or mail a check payable to “Williams Institute/UC Regents”. Your registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. There is a limit of 38 teams for this competition and each school may enter one or two teams. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. (PST) on November 27, 2015.
Sample Score Sheets
These sample score sheets are intended to provide guidance as to the scoring criteria for the written brief and oral rounds of competition. The Executive Board reserves the right to modify the score sheets.
Oral Argument Practice
Teams will receive $100 for each time they practice their argument in front of a sitting state or federal judge, for up to three judges. Additionally, each judge may hear an oral argument from participants in the 2016 competition only once. This means that if more than one team from your school is participating, each team must argue in front of different judges to receive monetary awards. This does not bar you from receiving awards for practicing in front of judges who have heard oral arguments from Williams Institute Moot Court participants in previous years.
The 2015-2016 problem will be posted on December 7, 2015. Access information will be emailed to all registered teams.
Early reservations are strongly suggested.
The UCLA Guest House is a short walking distance to the UCLA School of Law. Room rates are $187-$199 per night (tax-exempt). To make a reservation, please call the hotel directly at (310) 825-2923 and request a room under the “UCLA Williams Institute Moot Court Competition” room block. The reservation deadline is January 20, 2016. All hotel charges are the responsibility of guests and early reservations are strongly suggested.
The Hotel Angeleno is within three miles of the UCLA School of Law. Room rates are $175 per night (plus tax). The hotel will provide free shuttles to and from the UCLA School of Law on the day of the competition. To make a reservation, please call the hotel directly at (310) 476-6411 and request a room under the “UCLA Williams Institute Moot Court Competition” room block or reserve online here. The reservation deadline is February 1, 2016. All hotel charges are the responsibility of guests and early reservations are strongly suggested.
Click here for additional places to stay in the immediate area. Make sure to mention UCLA when making your reservation as many of the hotels listed offer a discount for UCLA visitors. Please keep in mind that the listed prices are subject to change.
Judges will evaluate the performance of oral advocates to determine which teams will advance to the final round. All attorneys and law school graduates are welcome to participate as judges. All judges will be offered one hour of MCLE credit and a complimentary ticket to the Williams Institute’s 15th Annual Update Gala Reception on April 8, 2016.
For additional information or questions regarding the competition please email: WilliamsMootCourt@law.ucla.edu
We look forward to hearing from you and to your participation in our competition!