CANCELED: 16th Annual Williams Institute Moot Court Competition

March 21, 2020 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This event has been canceled.

The 16th Annual Williams Institute Moot Court Competition
Preliminary Rounds

Saturday, March 21, 2020
UCLA School of Law

Volunteer to Judge

We are seeking attorneys and sitting judges to judge the preliminary rounds of the competition on March 21, 2020. Judges will receive a complimentary ticket to our Annual Update and Gala Reception on April 3, 2020. To sign up, please visit the judges' page.


The Williams Institute hosts the only national moot court competition dedicated exclusively to the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity law. Now in its 16th year, the competition provides an opportunity for competitors to write an appellate brief on a current legal topic and to argue the case before a panel of judges. The competition is designed to promote and recognize the finest oral and written advocacy on a significant problem in sexual orientation and gender identity law.

Upcoming Competition

The upcoming competition will take place over two days in the spring of 2020. Four rounds of arguments (two preliminary rounds, quarter-finals, and semi-finals) will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020. The final round will take place on Friday, April 3, 2020 during the Williams Institute's Annual Update Conference. The Williams Institute will cover finalists' travel expenses (two advocates per team) for the final round. All events will take place at the UCLA School of Law.

During the preliminary rounds, each team is guaranteed a minimum of two rounds of oral argument. Scoring for the preliminary rounds will be based on the written brief and both rounds of oral argument. The top eight teams will advance to the quarter-finals, and from there, the top four teams will move on to the semi-finals, with the two highest scoring teams invited to compete in the final round. Scoring in the quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds will be based only on oral argument.

Contact Information

For additional information or questions regarding the competition please email: