For a quarter-century, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law has hosted the
competition, which features an original appellate problem written by a panel of experienced
telecommunications and technology attorneys. Competition briefs and oral arguments will be judged by
private and government practitioners in the field.

Past final round judges have included:

Kathleen Abernathy, former FCC Commissioner
Matthew Berry, Chief of Staff to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai
Joseph M. Di ScipioSenior Vice President of Fox Television Stations, LLC

Sean Lev, Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC
Lee PetroPillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and FCBA President Emeritus

Each year, the competition subject is “ripped from the headlines” of current telecommunications, technology, and intellectual property issues, such as potentially illegal jamming of unmanned aerial vehicles, consumer privacy of personal information, copyright protection of pre-1972 musical performances, and enforcement of broadcast indecency standards.

The Problem is to be released Friday, December 27th, 2020.

Registration forms can be found hereCompetition Registration Form
(Forms with credit card payments may be emailed directly to, also Cc a copy of your payment to

  • Date and Location of Competition:
    • February 28-29 (Friday & Saturday), 2020
    • Columbus School of Law, 3600 John McCormack Road, N.E.
      Washington, D.C. 20064

  • Registration Fee and Deadline:
    • Deadline for Registration:  Monday, December 13th, 2019
    • Registration fee:  $400 per team (plus non-refundable 3% credit card fee) 
    • A school may enter up to two teams consisting of at least two members and no more than three members each, but only two may argue during any one session.  An additional (third) team may be considered as space allows.
  • Expected Schedule:
    • Problem and Program Rules Release Date:  December 27th, 2020
    • Competitor Briefs Due:  January 31, 2020
  • Announcement

  • Program Contact: