Dear Competitors, 

In light of the unprecedented circumstances requiring the cancellation of the oral argument portion for the First Amendment Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup, the competition administration and Vice Chancellor would like to recognize the wonderful work of all the teams who submitted briefs. We are grateful to every student who gave so much time and effort to the problem.

The Administrative Board has chosen to recognize the Best Brief Award, second and third place awards, and three honorable mention awards to compensate for the lack of an opportunity to present these arguments in an oral advocacy setting. These awards are for the highest scoring briefs, written work that would have assisted these commendable teams in their overall competition. 

  • 1st Place Best Brief Award goes to Team 12: Georgetown University Law Center (Elizabeth Henry, Nicholas Fordice, and Amelia Putnam)
  • 2nd Place goes to Team 21: Florida State University School of Law (Heather Lopez, Melody Deatherage, and Mary Kate Mahoney) 
  • 3rd Place goes to Team 24: American University Washington College of Law (Andrew Rice and Danny Schwaber) 

 Honorable Mention: 

  •  Team 7: Emory University School of Law (Emma Cramer, Jacob Polce, and Davis-Brooke Caswell)
  • Team 4: Virginia Law School (Emily Marsteller and Kimberly Veklerov)
  • Team 6: Chicago-Kent College of Law (Douglas Johnson, Benjamin Votava, and Adrienne Finucane)

The commemorative plaques for these awards will be sent as soon as we are able. Congratulations to these and all teams participating this year. We hope you will join us next year under better circumstances.


Liz Bowen 
Vice Chancellor of Seigenthaler Sutherland 
Columbus School of Law 
The Catholic University of America 

Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition


The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the cornerstone of American democracy — is the focus of the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition. The Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition will be conducted March 20-21, 2020, at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. The competition attracts teams from leading law schools nationwide.

During the two-day competition, teams argue hypothetical case based on a current First Amendment controversy before panels of accomplished jurists, legal scholars and attorneys.

Important Dates

  • Sept. 16, 2019 Intent-to-compete application materials may be submitted as of 12:01 a.m. ET.

  • Oct. 15, 2019 Deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET for submission of Intent-to-Compete forms, with payment. [Conditional applications do not require payment at the time of submission]

  • Oct. 25, 2019 Teams are notified regarding competition status.

  • Nov. 15, 2019 Distribution of Problem and Rules to all registered teams.

  • Jan. 31, 2020 Briefs due: (1) PDF version of the brief must be submitted via email to by 5:00 p.m. ET.

  • Feb. 15, 2020 Competitors’ Briefs will be posted on the competition web site.

  • Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C., has been cancelled.