Evans Moot Court Competition

March 13-15, 2015

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 13, 2015 through Sunday, March 15, 2015.  The competition is open to all law schools accredited by the American Bar Association.

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 Deadline:             January 2, 2015

Problem Distribution Date:    January 12, 2015

Brief Submission Deadline:     February 13, 2015

Competition Weekend:            March 13-15, 2015

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.


To register for the competition, return both a completed Registration Form, and a check for the appropriate registration fee, by January 2, 2015.  Checks should be made payable to “University of Wisconsin Law School.”  For additional registration details, consult the registration form itself.

The registration fee is $500 for one team, or $1,000 for two teams.  No school may register more than two teams.  Registration fees are non-refundable, except as described in the registration form itself.  Your registration is not complete until the competition director receives both your completed registration form and your check for the registration fee.  The competition director will acknowledge by email receipt of each completed registration form and payment.  Registration may fill prior to January 2, 2015.  If your registration form and payment are received after registration is already full, the competition director will promptly notify you of that fact by email, and will return your check for the registration fee.

Only the first ten schools to register and pay for two teams will be guaranteed the ability to send two teams to the competition.  If one of those schools registering two teams later decides to send fewer than two teams, that school will forfeit its registration fee(s) for the team(s) it does not send.  Any additional school beyond the first ten that attempts to register two teams will be given the option of either placing its second team on a waitlist or withdrawing both of its team registrations altogether.

Lodging Information

Each school or team is responsible for booking and paying its own travel and lodging arrangement fees.

The competition and all related events will take place on or near the Capitol Square in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.  Locations are within easy walking distance of each other.

We recommend that participants stay at the Best Western Plus Inn on the Park, located at 22 South Carroll Street on the Capitol Square in Madison.  We have reserved a block of rooms for the evenings between Thursday, March 12, 2015 and Sunday, March 15, 2015 at a reduced group rate, guaranteed for reservations made one month before the competition.  To make reservations in the block at the reduced group rate, you must contact the hotel directly at (800) 279-8811 or (608) 285-8000, and identify yourself as part of the “Evans Competition 2015 Block.”  The Best Western Plus Inn on the Park offers guests complementary valet parking, as well as a 24-hour airport shuttle service.

Other lodging options that are available in the immediate downtown Madison area include the Madison Concourse Hotel and the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace.

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

Evans Competition Problem

Record – 2015

Problem – 2015

Competition Rules

2015 Evans Technical Brief Scoring Sheet

2015 Evans Award Winners

Pictures from 2015 Evans Competition

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