Moot Court

Invitation to Compete

Note: The 2020 Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court competition will be sponsored solely by the the Columbus School of Law, at The Catholic University of America. The First Amendment Center of the Freedom Forum Institute will not continue to partner sponsorship of the moot court competition, but will assist the Columbus School of Law in this transition year and beyond.  We have posted the invitation to compete from the Columbus School of Law here as a courtesy to schools returning to the competition, but for more information please visit the competition’s new official website

Dear Law School Students/Moot Court Advisors/Deans:

The Moot Court Association Board of the Columbus School of Law cordially invites you to compete in the 2020 Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C., Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, 2020.

This annual competition invites the nation’s leading law schools to debate a current First Amendment controversy that has not yet received significant attention from the courts. During this two-day event, teams argue before panels of prestigious judges, attorneys, and law faculty.

The competition – consisting of a written brief and oral argument – is open to a maximum of 24 teams (2nd, 3rd and 4th year students only) from ABA-accredited law schools. There is a $750 fee associated with the competition, payable at the time of application for the first 24 teams to apply. (Later applicants may apply on a conditional basis – more information below).

The competition will be conducted on the campus of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Intent-to-compete application materials and payment may be submitted as of 12:01 a.m. ET, Monday, Sept. 16, and the application process will close no later than 11:59 p.m. ET, Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

AFTER 24 TEAMS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED, additional teams will be placed on a waitlist, to be considered in order of application. Payment is not required for a place on the waitlist.

A final determination of teams accepted for the competition will be made no later than Oct. 24, 2019, when all applicants will be notified of their status. Complete information on the application process and the online intent-to-compete form are available at: sutherland-cup/index.html

The $750 entry fee for teams accepted to compete is refundable only in the event that the competition is cancelled.

Please go online to competitions/sutherland-cup/index.html for more details regarding the competition. Additional information will be posted periodically. Information regarding recommended hotels is on the website.

If you have any difficulty in accessing the application or payment forms, please contact Elizabeth Bowen at [email protected] noting your name, school affiliation, and a contact email address and telephone number.

We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity.


The Moot Court Association Board
Columbus School of Law
The Catholic University of America