Moot Court

The principal oral advocacy organization at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, the Moot Court Board aims to enhance and showcase the Appellate advocacy skills of our students. It is ranked 28th in the nation following a very successful 2017-2018 academic year.



Members of the Moot Court Board have the opportunity to showcase their Appellate advocacy and writing skills through competing in various national Appellate advocacy competitions across the country.  Students argue cases involving constitutional law, criminal procedure, sports law, entertainment law and more in front of distinguished panels against law students from around the country. 

The annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition, an intra-school tournament that has long been a hallmark of the Villanova Law experience, occurs every November. Current Board Members, Steven Lee ‘19 and Daniel Sulvetta ’19, won the 58th Annual Reimel Competition in November 2017. Steven Lee also received the Best Oral Advocate award.

The Moot Court Board also helps the first-year legal writing faculty members administer and judge spring semester oral arguments.



Students can become members of the Moot Court Board in two ways:

  • Summer Moot Court Competition: Competitors write an appellate brief on a hypothetical problem and argue before a panel of judges from the Moot Court Executive Board. The board then invites about 10-12 of those students to join the Board.    

  • Reimel Moot Court Competition: At the discretion of the Moot Court Executive Board, students may receive an invitation to join the Board based on their success in the annual Reimel Competition.
The 2019 - 2020 Moot Court Board
2019-2020 Moot Court Board Masthead
Scott Zlotnick '19 and Vanessa Huber '20 winners of the 59th Annual Reimel Competition

The Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition is an annual intra-school tournament and a hallowed tradition at Villanova Law. Named in honor of the late Theodore L. Reimel, Judge for the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas from 1953 to 1973, the competition is designed to foster student development in written and oral advocacy through simulated appellate argument. Many alumni and other esteemed members of the legal community come to the law school to judge the oral arguments and provide advice and feedback to our students.

In 2015, the Reimel Competition was integrated with the LW3–Litigation/Appellate Advocacy course to provide second-year students with a more comprehensive, authentic and practice-oriented educational experience. Students enrolled in Appellate Advocacy participate in Reimels as part of the course.  Third-year students are also encouraged to participate in the competition. All participants work in teams of two and are required to write an appellate brief and participate in oral arguments. The 61st Annual Reimel Competition will be held on November 19, 2020.


60th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

60th Annual Reimel Moot Court Winners CC Carreras and Karina Norwood
60th Annual Theordore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition Winners CC Carreras and Karina Norwood


CC Carreras '21 & Karina Norwood '21


Award Winners:

Best Final Round Oralist: CC Carreras

Best Brief (Petitioner): Sarah Blum & Katie Carden 

Best Brief (Respondent): Andrew Todd & Zach Epstein

Best Overall Oralist: Rachel Levy 

Final Round Bench

  • The Honorable Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • The Honorable Susan P. Gantman, President Judge Emeritus of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania; and
  • The Honorable Marjorie Rendell, Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Semi-finals Bench

  •  Teressa Ravenell, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development & Professor of Law; 
  • The Honorable Joel H. Slomsky, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 
  • The Honorable Carolyn Engel Temin, First Assistant, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office


59th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

Vanessa Huber & Scott Zlotnick
59th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition Winners Vanessa Huber & Scott Zlotnick



Vanessa Huber ('20) & Scott Zlotnick ('19)


Award Winners:

Best Oral Advocate: Scott Zlotnick

Best Brief (Petitioner): Allison White and Colin Rizzo

Best Brief (Respondent): Heather Smillie & Jacqueline Noyes



Every year the Moot Court Board sends members to participate in outside competitions. Each team consists of two students who write a brief and argue the issues before judges. Teams are assisted by a student-coach who helps them prepare for oral argument and accompanies them to the competition. 


2018 - 2019 Competitions

Competition Date Location Results
Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition Oct. 26-27, 2018 Washington, DC  
Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA)'s 2019 Moot Court Competition Nov. 2-3, 2018  Chicago, IL  
NYU's National Immigration Law Competition Feb. 1-3, 2019 New York University Octofinalists
William B. Spong Moot Court Invitational Tournament Feb. 15-16
Williamsburg, VA Quarterfinalists
Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition Feb. 28 - Mar. 1, 2019 Albany, NY Finalists
Third Best Brief

Mardi Gras National Moot Court Competition

Feb. 27 - Mar. 1, 2019 

New Orleans, LA

Frank A. Schreck Gaming
Law Moot Court Competition


Mar. 1-3, 2019 Las Vegas,
Federal Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition Mar. 20-21, 2019 Washington, D.C. Third Best Brief
Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition Mar. 22-23, 2019


New York, NY

Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Moot Court Competition Mar. 28 -30,  2019 Brooklyn, NY  
John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition Mar. 29-30, 2019 Newark, NJ Finalists
Best Final Round Oralist


Summer Competition signups become available in April of each year and students can register for the competition via BlackBoard. An email will be sent out by the Moot Court Board notifying students when registration opens. 

Contact Us

Villanova University School of Law
Moot Court Board
299 N. Spring Mill Rd.
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 519-7055

Interested in Judging for Moot Court?

If you would like to judge the Reimel Competition, please contact us.

Faculty Advisor

Professor Jessica Webb

Rm 347, Law School Building