Moot Court Competition History & Previous Winners
In February 2016, 29 teams argued a case about the president’s authority to issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to engage in affirmative outreach steps to increase employment of LGB people. Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Carlos F. Lucero, Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge M. Margaret McKeown, and U.S. District Court Central District of California Judge Dean Pregerson presided over the final round of competition. The team from Harvard Law School won the competition in a final round against the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
In February 2015, 42 teams argued a case about gender stereotyping and sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII. U.S. District Court Southern District of New York Senior Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Judge Henry Franklin Floyd presided over the final round of competition. The team from University of Michigan Law School won the competition in a final round against Northwestern University School of Law.
In February 2014, 34 teams argued the constitutionality of sodomy statutes and the due process rights of teenagers to engage in private, consensual sexual conduct. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Senior Circuit Judge A. Wallace Tashima, Vermont Supreme Court Associate Justice Beth Robinson, and New York State Supreme Court Associate Justice Rosalyn H. Richter presided over the final round of competition. The team from Georgetown University Law Center won the competition in a final round against University of Pennsylvania Law School.
In February 2013, 37 teams argued the constitutional implications of segregating transgender people in prison. United States District Court Central District of California Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica M. Márquez, and Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina S. McKenna presided over the final round of competition in April 2013. The team from UCLA School of Law won the competition in a close final round against Stanford Law School.
In March 2012, 37 teams addressed the question of privacy versus disclosure issues in ballot issue campaigns, and claims of judicial bias based on gay identity. Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine Durham, City of Houston Municipal Courts Associate Judge Phyllis R. Frye, and United States District Court, Central District of California Former Judge George P. Schiavelli presided over the final round of competition during the Williams Institute’s 11th Annual Update: Fair Play? LGBT People, Civic Participation & Political Process in April 2012. The two final teams were from University of Illinois College of Law and UCLA Law. The team from UCLA Law won the competition (pictured above).
In March 2011, 26 teams addressed the question of affirmative action with respect to sexual orientation. U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, Delaware Supreme Court Justice Jack Jacobs, and Oregon Supreme Court Associate Justice Rives Kistler (pictured right) presided over the final round of competition during the Williams Institute’s 10th Anniversary Update and Celebration in April 2011. The two final teams were from UC Davis School of Law.
In January 2010, 29 teams addressed the question of religious liberty and LGBT rights. Justice Carol A. Beier, Kansas Supreme Court, Justice Joette Katz, Connecticut Supreme Court, and Justice Steven Z. Perren, California Court of Appeal (pictured below), presided over the final round of competition. For the second year in a row, Florida Coastal School of Law competed in the final round. The University of Illinois won the competition.
In February 2009, 26 teams argued for and against the constitutionality of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Presiding Justice Carol W. Hunstein, Georgia Supreme Court, Justice Virginia L. Linder, Oregon Supreme Court, and Justice Patricio M. Serna, New Mexico Supreme Court, presided over the final round of competition. Teams from NYU and Florida Coastal School of Law competed in the final round. Florida Coastal won the competition.
In February 2008, 26 team competed against each other over the topic of gay-straight alliances in public schools. The Honorable Vice Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch, Arizona Supreme Court, the Honorable Justice James Graves, Mississippi Supreme Court, and the Honorable Jean Dubofsky, former Justice, Colorado Supreme Court, presided. The UC Davis team won the competition, along with the award for best oral argument. The UCLA team took home the award for best brief.
In 2007, 22 teams from across the country briefed and argued the constitutionality of restrictions on same-sex couples adopting children. The Honorable Justices Susan Owens and Barbara Madsen from the Washington State Supreme Court presided over the Final Round along with Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Raymond Fisher. Teams from UConn and NYU faced off in the Final Round, and NYU won.
In 2006, 17 teams dealt with the problem of same-sex marriage. Teams from UC Davis and Syracuse University advanced to the final round and argued in front of Steven Levinson of the Hawaii Supreme Court, J. Spencer Letts and Dean Pregerson both from the US District Court of the Central District of California. Syracuse University won the competition.
In February 2005, 13 teams from 11 schools argued for and against recognizing marriage for same-sex couples. Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt presided over the final round of competition. The team from Chicago-Kent College of Law won the competition.
(previous winner indicated by asterisk)
Brooklyn Law School Chicago-Kent College of Law*
Columbia Law School
CUNY School of Law Florida Coastal School of Law* Fordham Law School George Washington University Law School Georgetown University Law Center Golden Gate University School of Law Harvard Law School Hofstra University School of Law Indiana University Maurer School of Law John Marshall Law School Loyola Law School Michigan State University College of Law New York University School of Law* Northeastern University School of Law
Northwestern University Law School ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Seattle University School of Law Southwestern Law School Stanford Law School
Syracuse University College of Law*
UC Davis School of Law*
UCLA School of Law*
University of Chicago Law School
University of Cincinnati College of Law
University of Connecticut School of Law University of Florida Levin College of Law University of Illinois College of Law* University of Kentucky College of Law University of LaVerne College of Law University of Mexico School of Law University of Miami School of Law University of Michigan Law School University of New Mexico School of Law University of Oregon School of Law University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of San Diego School of Law University of Washington School of Law UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
USC Gould School of Law Western New England University School of Law Western State University College of Law William Mitchell College of Law