Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition


About the Competition

The Moot Court Association Board of the Columbus School of Law cordially invites law schools from across the country to apply to compete in the 2023 Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition on Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, 2023.

The Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup Competition, beginning in 1949, is one of the oldest and most prestigious national moot court competitions in the United States and welcomes competitors from across the country. The competition presents hypothetical appellate cases based on a variety of contemporary constitutional issues related to the First Amendment. In the past, the competition has contemplated situations such as political activity on social media, free speech on college campuses, and high school dress codes. This year’s problem will address the issues of free speech, religious liberty, and the rights and obligations of private corporations in an increasingly digital age.

The competition will be hosted by The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law's Moot Court Board and will be co-sponsored by the Catholic University of America's Center for Religious Liberty.

 - - - Registration opening soon.

The Intent-to-compete (registration) form can be found here:

The $750 registration fee should be paid via check according to the directions relayed to the teams who manage to register within the first 24 slots. These directions will be on the confirmation portion of your Google Form submission.

Date: March 17-18, 2023 


Click here for Competition Rules
Click here for 2021 Competition results

Past Competitions have been Judged by Supreme Court Justices Including:

     Justice Harold Burton

     Justice Hugo L. Black

     Justice Tom C. Clark

     Justice Potter Stewart

     Justice Thurgood Marshall, 

     Justice Byron R. White