Evans Moot Court Competition

March 4-6, 2016

The University of Wisconsin Law School Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that it will host its annual Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition over the weekend of Friday, March 4, 2016 through Sunday, March 6, 2016.  The competition is open to all law schools accredited by the American Bar Association.

More information about registration will be uploaded in October, including registration dates and costs.

About the Competition

Oral arguments will begin on Friday afternoon, and conclude on Sunday afternoon.  Each team will argue in all three of the preliminary rounds.  The first two preliminary rounds will be on Friday afternoon.  The third preliminary round will be on Saturday morning.  During the first two preliminary rounds, each team will argue on-brief once and off-brief once.  Teams will be randomly assigned by the competition director to argue either on-brief or off-brief for the third preliminary round.

The preliminary through quarter-final rounds will be held in Dane County Courthouse at 215 South Hamilton Street on Friday and Saturday.  The semi-final round will be held Sunday morning at the Dane County Courthouse.  The final round will be held in the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room in the Wisconsin State Capitol at Two East Main St. on Sunday.  Competition judge panels will be composed of experienced trial attorneys, and judges from various state and federal courts.

Important Dates

Registration Opens:                Monday, October 12, 2015

Registration Deadline:            Monday, December 21, 2015

Problem Distribution Date:   Friday, January 8, 2016

Brief Submission Deadline:   Monday, February 1, 2016

Competition Weekend:           Friday, March 4 – Sunday, March 6, 2016


A more detailed list of competition deadlines and a schedule of related events will be distributed to all participating law schools prior to the competition weekend.


The registration form will become available here: Evans-Registration-Form-2016. All registrations are considered incomplete until the deposit is received. Registration is now closed.


The 2016 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition Problem is available here: 2016 Problem.

Questions about the Problem

Q1) The rules indicate that the cover page should include “On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth Circuit,” even though the last court to hear this matter was the Supreme Court for the state of Eagleton. Should we still direct cert to the 14th circuit?

A1) The cover page should read “On Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of Eagleton”.


Q2) Can the competitors assume good weather and visibility conditions on the day of the traffic stop?

A2) All facts and information are contained in the problem.


Q3) Is there any clarification on the race of Thomas Haverford?

A3) All facts and information are contained in the problem.


Q4) Is it safe to assume that the officer was in uniform and carrying a weapon?

A4) All facts and information are contained in the problem.

2016 Competition Briefs

All competitors briefs have been uploaded and may be found here: https://law.wisc.edu/academics/mootcourt/evansresults.html

Rules and Scoring

The 2016 Competition Rules are available here: 2016 Rules. The 2016 Brief Technical Scoring Sheet is available here: 2016 Technical Score Sheet.

Competition Schedule

The competition schedule follows:

Friday, March 4th

  • 3 – 4 pm – Registration
  • 4:30 pm – 6 pm – Preliminary Round 1
  • 7 pm – 8:30 pm – Preliminary Round 2

Saturday, March 5th

  • 10 – 11:30 am – Preliminary Round 3A
  • 11:45 am – 1:15 pm – Preliminary Round 3B (Competitors will compete in either 3A or 3B, not both)
  • 2 – 3:30 pm – Octofinals (Top 16 teams compete)
  • 4 – 5:30 pm – Quarterfinals (Top 8 teams compete)
  • Evening – Banquet
  • 6:00 pm – Cocktail Hour at the Monona Terrace (http://www.mononaterrace.com/)
  • 7:00 pm – Dinner at the Monona Terrace

Sunday, March 6th

  • 10 – 11:30 am – Semifinals (Top 4 teams advance)
  • 1 – 2:30 pm – Finals (Top 2 teams compete)

Lodging Information

There is a block of rooms reserved at the Best Western Plus Inn on the Park in downtown Madison Wisconsin. The hotel is located across the street from the Wisconsin State Capitol and within blocks of the courthouse used for the competition.

The reservation is under “Evans Competition 2016.” The block reservation begins Thursday, March 3rd through Sunday, March 6th.  The reservation cutoff date is February 3rd. Hotel rooms with 1 bed cost $119/night. Hotel rooms with 2 beds cost $129/night. Suites cost $159/night.

The Best Western Plus Inn on the Park is located at 22 S. Carroll St., Madison, WI 53703. The Inn on the Park’s phone number is 608-285-8000. The Inn on the Park’s website is www.innonthepark.net.

Air Travel Information

Madison is served by the Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) at 4000 International Lane, located about five miles northeast of downtown Madison.  The area is also served by General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, located about ninety miles east of Madison.

About Judge Evans

The Honorable Evan A. Evans, an 1899 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1916 to 1948, and in the role of senior judge from 1934 to 1948. He maintained strong ties to the University of Wisconsin, serving as trustee of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, as president of the Alumni Association, and as a member of the Board of Visitors.

While on the bench, Judge Evans asked for and received a separation of the duties handled by the circuit and district court, so that the district court could handle all of the trial work, while the circuit court could handle the growing number of appeals. Judge Evans’ request to physically separate the courts resulted in the construction of the United States Court of Appeals building at 1212 Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

The University of Wisconsin Law School Moot Court Board is pleased to honor the career of Judge Evans by inviting students to argue constitutional issues in hopes of living up to his high standard of appellate advocacy. Judge Evans, noted for his writing skills and outstanding oral argument during his years in practice, left as his legacy a standard of excellence for the field of appellate advocacy. This standard of excellence inspired the dedication of our competition to Judge Evans.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Competition Director by email at evanscompetition@gmail.com.

Registration Form

2016 Evans Competition Problem

Rules – 2016

2016 Evans Award Winners

Record – 2015

Problem – 2015

2015 Evans Technical Brief Scoring Sheet

2015 Evans Award Winners

Pictures from 2015 Evans Competition

Evans 2015 Briefs

Team 1 Team 2
Team 3 Team 4
Team 5 Team 6
Team 7 Team 8
Team 9 Team 10
Team 11 Team 12
Team 13 Team 14
Team 15 Team 16
Team 17 Team 18
Team 19 Team 20
Team 21 Team 22
Team 23

Team 24

Team 25