National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition

About the Competition

In the spring semester, Whittier Law School’s Center for Children and Families and Moot Court Honors Board co-host the country’s oldest annual national moot court competition that exclusively focuses on juvenile law issues. The competition has addressed a wide range of issues that affect juveniles and attracts competitors from law schools across the nation.

Last year’s competition was a great success thanks to the wonderful work by students, faculty, and others who made it all possible. We were especially pleased to have so many teams from around the country participate.

The 22nd Annual National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition will be held on February 10-11, 2017.

2017 Registration Information

Step 1: Please register online here.
Step 2: After registration, please pay here

Past Problems

2011 Problem
2012 Problem
2013 Problem
2014 Problem
2015 Problem
2016 Problem

2017 Problem

The 2017 National Juvenile Law Moot Court competition problem will be released to teams who have registered and provided the names of all team members on Monday, November 14, 2016.

Competition Rules

2017 Competition Rules

Important Dates

Early registration is encouraged as the number of teams may be limited. Please note that only ABA Accredited Schools are eligible to compete.

  • Registration Opens: Monday, September 12, 2016
  • Deadline for Early Registration ($450 registration fee): Monday, November 14, 2016
  • Deadline for Registration ($500 registration fee): Registration extended through December 12
  • Problem Released: Monday, November 14, 2016
    Please note: Names of team members must be submitted in order to receive the problem.
  • Brief Due: Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Competition Awards

Academic Scholarships

Winning Team: $500
Best Oral Advocate: $250
Best Brief: $250

Other Awards

Second Place Team
Second Place Brief
Second Place Oral Advocate
Distinguished Brief
Distinguished Oral Advocate
Top 10 Oral Advocates in the Preliminary Rounds

Additionally, the winning brief will be published in the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy.

Hotel Accommodations for the Competition

Information regarding hotel accommodations will be posted here when available.

Awards Banquet

Information coming soon.

Past Winning Briefs

  • 2016 Best Brief – Team 25, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Caitlin Ramsey & Susan Nickdel
  • 2016 2nd Place Brief – Team 20, University of Nevada – Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, Jennifer Odell & Katlyn M. Brady
  • 2015 Distinguished Brief – Team 16, University of South Dakota School of Law, Ashley Brost & Samuel Krystosek
  • 2015 Best Brief – Team 17, UC Hastings College of Law, Sara Fay Katz & Caitlin Marian
  • 2015 2nd Place Brief – Team 14, California Western School of Law, Matt Hobson & Joann Heilbrun
  • 2015 Distinguished Brief – Team 21, Western State College of Law, Christopher Gipe & Jonathan Martinez
  • 2014 Best Brief – Team 14, California Western School of Law, Susan Sindelar & Rachel Ferguson
  • 2014 2nd Place Brief – Team 12, Western State College of Law, Kaityln Daley & Marta Bachynska
  • 2014 Distinguished Brief – Team 20, UC Hastings College of Law, Jonathan Myers & Lauren Coleman
  • 2013 Best Brief – Team 11, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Alan Dunklow & Peter Naugle
  • 2013 2nd Place Brief – Team 13, UC Hastings College of Law, Danielle Corkhill & Sara Huffman
  • 2013 Distinguished Brief – Team 23, Chapman University School of Law, Jaryn Saritzky & Katherine Currie-Diamond
  • 2012 Best Brief: Team 107, UC Hastings College of Law, Jacqueline Dailey & Jessica Winter
  • 2012 2nd Place Brief: Team 104, Chapman University School of Law, Kirk Bacon & Lauren Elsmri
  • 2012 Distinguished Brief: Team 102, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Katherine Garretto & Sarah Pixler