National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law

2019 Champions: Team 26: Danelle Sanders and Baleigh West of Baylor University School of Law

2019 Champions: Team 26: Danelle Sanders and Baleigh West of Baylor University School of Law

March 20 & March 21, 2020
Columbus, Ohio

2020 Topic: "Parental Right to Counsel in Private Adoption"



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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.

Problem Release: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Briefs Due: Friday, January 31, 2020

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 Wednesday, February 19, 2020 to receive your group rate.  Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability.   Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to your group number 2380698.

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.



2019 Final Round Judges

  •  Presiding Judge: The Honorable Patrick F. Fischer, The Supreme Court of Ohio,
  • The Honorable Matthew McFarland, Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals and Nominated for the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio
  • The Honorable Anthony Capizzi,  National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • LaShanda Taylor Adams, Esq., National Association of Counsel for Children
  • Eric A. Stovall, Esq., President of the American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

2019 Final Round Judges are representatives from the following partners:  


Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Lunch provided by Theodore L. Horst Fund of the Columbus Bar Foundation:
Breakfast provided by Themis Bar Review:

A competition of this size would not have been possible without the over 60 judges, magistrates, attorneys, law professors, students, and community members who volunteered their time for this event.  Thank you to everyone who participated to make this year’s competition a huge success!