National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law


March 9 & 10, 2018
Columbus, Ohio

Topic: Immigration Issues in Child Welfare

Please note: all team slots have been filled.

The Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School, proudly hosts the annual National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law.  The competition attracts teams from law schools across the country and engages numerous attorneys, judges, and magistrates to serve as volunteer judges for briefs and oral arguments.  Law students experience an one-of-a-kind opportunity to develop and refine their advocacy skills through briefing and presenting oral arguments related to arguing case scenarios involving timely, complex, and challenging issues in family law.  Legal professionals gain an opportunity to provide mentorship and encouragement to the students, while also furthering their own substantive knowledge of the legal issues involved in the case.    

Teams demonstrate their advocacy skills as they present legal arguments Friday at the Ohio Statehouse and Saturday, at the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial Center. 


December 08, 2017: Problem Release Date

February 7, 2018: Brief Due to FYLaw (PDF file electronically submitted to FYLaw & 1 hard copy postmarked by)

February 9, 2018: Briefs sent to Judges

February 23, 2018: Briefs back from Judges


Tentative Competition Schedule:

Friday March 9th  

8:00 am - 9:30 am
Bye Round
9:00 am - 10:00 am 
Team Check-In   
10:00 am   Team Meeting      
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Round 1     
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch  
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm Round 2
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Round 3
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Reception and Awards          

Saturday March 10th 16 teams advance                                                 

9:00 am - 10:30 am
 Round 4
11:00 am - 12:30 pm 
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Semifinals
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm Finals                                


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center. The group rate is $115/night for a non-smoking room with two queen beds. The Drury is located approximately one mile north of the competition locations, and includes breakfast and evening snacks/beverages. Please make your reservations by February 16, 2018 to receive the group rate. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 1-800-325-0720 - group number 2310720.

Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center
88 East Nationwide
(614) 221-7008

Although we do not have a discounted rate at the following hotels, they are located within walking distance to Ohio Statehouse and Supreme Court:

DoubleTree Guest Suites-Columbus
50 S. Front St.
614-228-4600 ext. 195

 Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus Downtown
36 E. Gay St.

 Hyatt Capitol Square
75 E. State St.

 The Columbus, A Renaissance Hotel
50 N. Third St.

 Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capitol Square
175 E. Town St.

 Courtyard by Marriott Columbus-Downtown
35 W. Spring St.



  • “The competition is run so smoothly, it is flawless every year. I love the locations of where the competition is held.” – participant  
  • “There were quite a few very talented teams, and the level of competition, on average, was very good. As for the administration of the tournament, I cannot praise you enough. We host a national tournament at our school every year, and I know how much work goes into it. Everything was run extremely professionally. We were all extremely impressed with how well the tournament was administered.” – participant  
  • “It was a wonderful experience throughout. I enjoyed researching and writing the topic. The competition was also exceptionally well organized throughout. Staff members were always very responsive, knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with. The locations were really great. Arguing at the statehouse and state supreme court were experiences I will remember forever.” - participant  
  • “Keep up the great work. This competition just gets better every year!” – faculty advisor/coach 
  • “The superb presentations are a reflection of the many, many hours of work that each student put into their presentation. I also appreciate the opportunity to be on the ‘other side’ of the bench which I believe is far more challenging to an attorney than a judge or magistrate who would be hearing just another case, albeit a far better prepared one. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this event for the third time!” – attorney/judge  
  • “The materials were outstanding. The problem was great and instructions to judges could not [have been] better.” – attorney/judge 




2018 Final Round Judges were representatives from the following partners: