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National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law

Friday, March 8, 2019

12:00 am - 12:00 am

2019 Topic: "Medical Marijuana and Child Welfare" 

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All 26 spots are filled, BUT you can register to be put on the wait list. 
Last year we did have a team from our wait list join the competition.


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.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018: Problem Release Date

Friday, January 25, 2019: Brief Due to FYLaw (PDF file electronically submitted to FYLaw & 1 hard copy postmarked by)

Monday, January 28, 2019: Briefs sent to Judges

Monday, February 11, 2019: Briefs back from Judges


Friday March 8th  

8:00 am - 9:30 am
Bye Round (if needed)
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 9th 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 7, 2019 to receive the group rate. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 1-800-325-0720 - group number 2337831.

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.

 Complete list of 2018 results and participating teams 


2018 Final Round Judges were representatives from the following partners:  


Ohio Statehouse