Moot Court Competition – 2020 Registered Teams

Welcome to the 2020 Williams Institute Moot Court Competition’s page for registered teams. Competition materials will be posted on this password-protected page.

Redacted Briefs

Petitioner Briefs

Team 1 Petitioner

Team 3 Petitioner

Team 5 Petitioner

Team 7 Petitioner

Team 9 Petitioner

Team 11 Petitioner

Team 13 Petitioner

Team 15 Petitioner

Team 17 Petitioner

Team 19 Petitioner

Team 21 Petitioner

Team 23 Petitioner

Team 25 Petitioner

Team 27 Petitioner

Team 29 Petitioner

Team 31 Petitioner

Team 33 Petitioner

Respondent Briefs

Team 2 Respondent

Team 4 Respondent

Team 6 Respondent

Team 8 Respondent

Team 10 Respondent

Team 12 Respondent

Team 14 Respondent

Team 16 Respondent

Team 18 Respondent

Team 20 Respondent

Team 22 Respondent

Team 24 Respondent

Team 26 Respondent

Team 28 Respondent

Team 30 Respondent

Team 32 Respondent

Team 34 Respondent

The 2019 Moot Court Problem


Questions and clarifications about the problem will be accepted from December 18, 2018 through February 12, 2019 at 5 pm PT. Answers to each question will be posted here as a collection every Thursday, beginning on December 20, 2018.  Questions must be received by the prior Tuesday at 5 pm PT to be included in the Thursday post. Please note that the Williams Institute will be closed for winter break from December 22, 2018 through January 1, 2019.  Questions received during this time will be answered on January 3, 2019.

Please direct all questions about the problem to and put “Question Regarding Problem” in the subject line.

Questions & Answers

February 14, 2019

Question: On page 3 of the record it states: “Smith was offered and accepted the position of Administrative Director.” However, everywhere else in the record it states that Smith applied for and worked as the “Admissions Director.” Can you please clarify whether this is a typo or if Smith accepted and offered the position of ‘Administrative Director’ after she applied for the  ‘Admissions Director’ position?

Answer: Our apologies for the error.  Smith applied for and accepted the position of Admissions Director.

Question: Is there an official docket number to go on the front of the brief?

Answer: You may use 01-01234, however you will not be penalized if you put a different number on the front of the brief.

Question: What are the case citations for the opinions below?

Answer: You may cite the opinion below as Smith v. Rullef College, 19 F.4d 1 (13th Cir. 2018), however, you will not be penalized if you use a different reporter cite or cite the case as unreported.

February 7, 2019

Question:Do the rules prohibit competitors from having their briefs copy-edited (without substantive advice) by student coaches?

Answer: In order to ensure that the competition is fair to all teams, briefs must be the product of student competitors’ own efforts. As such, coaches, professors, and others should not be involved in writing, preparing, or correcting the briefs in any way.

Question: Once our brief has been submitted, my partner and I will begin practicing for oral argument and mooting each other. Is it within bounds to ask a professor and/or peers of ours to moot us?

Answer: Yes, once the brief has been turned in, you may moot your arguments in front of your classmates, professors, advisors, and others.

January 31, 2019

Question: During oral arguments, will the issue that each participant addressed in the brief (i.e., question one or question two) be the sole issue that that advocate is responsible for arguing, or will each advocate need to be prepared to answer questions about each question presented in the brief?

Answer: Each advocate will present arguments pertaining to one issue during each round. However, we cannot guarantee that judges will not ask advocates questions about both issues during their arguments and rebuttals, so we suggest that all advocates be at least somewhat familiar with both issues.

Question: Are we are allowed to use footnotes and, if so, what are the font requirements for footnotes?

Answer: You may use footnotes. Per rule VI.B., footnotes must be in Courier New 12-point font and must be double-spaced.

January 17, 2019

Question: Can advocates discuss the problem and/or receive substantive assistance from other law students (including student coaches) during the brief-writing process?

Answer: Competitors should not receive substantive advice on the problem or their briefs from law students who are not participating in the competition.

January 10, 2019

Question: Can students cite to cases that are currently being litigated or are in appeals for their briefs?

Answer: Yes.

Question: What is the Tabist’s official view of non-heterosexuality? Are there any specific, published documents that can be included in the record regarding the Tabist stance on sexuality?

Answer: There are no documents regarding the religion’s view of homosexuality. Please use only the facts provided in the record.

Question: What was the date of the pride parade that Ms. Smith participated in?

Answer: Please use only the facts provided in the record.

Question: What was the date of the publishing of the picture of Ms. Smith in the pride parade in the local newspaper?

Answer: Please use only the facts provided in the record.


Briefs must be submitted via email to by 5 pm PT on February 17, 2020. Briefs should be submitted in both Word and PDF formats. Please indicate in the subject line of the email your team number and whether you are a petitioner or respondent (e.g. “Team 26 Petitioner”).

The Board will accept briefs until 6 pm PT, but briefs received after 5 pm PT will be considered late and will be penalized on their score. The Board will deduct two points (out of 50) from the brief score for each 15 minutes, or part thereof, that a brief is late. You are encouraged to send your brief in earlier than the deadline to avoid last-minute problems. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please call the Williams Institute at 310-267-4382.

All briefs will be posted here anonymously and will be available to all competitors.


Competition homepage

Official 2018-2019 Rules

Contact Information

For additional information or questions regarding the competition please email

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