National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law


March 10 & 11, 2017
Columbus, Ohio

TOPIC: Child Welfare and Parental Disability


Teams of law students from across the country will demonstrate their advocacy skills as they present legal arguments at the 12th annual National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law Friday March 10, 2017 at the Ohio Statehouse and Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial Center. 



December 12, 2016: Problem Release Date

February 6, 2017: Brief Due to NCALP (PDF file electronically submitted to FYLaw & 1 hard copy postmarked by)

February 10, 2017: Briefs sent to Judges

February 24, 2017: Briefs back from Judges


Tentative Competition Schedule:

Friday March 10th  

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 11th →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                                


2016 Final Round Judges were representatives from the following partners:  

  • The ABA Center on Children and the Law
  • The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • The Family & Youth Law Center
  • The National Association of Counsel for Children
  • The National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges




  • “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 




  Baylor Law School (2 Teams)
  Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  Charlotte School of Law 
  Florida State University College of Law 
  The John Marshall Law School 
  Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2 Teams) 
  Michigan State University College of Law (2 Teams) 
  University of Florida Levin College of Law 
  University of San Diego School of Law 
  Wayne State University Law School (2 Teams)