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 2018 - 2019 Moot Court Board
2018-2019 Moot Court Board
Daniel Sulvetta '19 and Steven Lee '19 winners of the 58th 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 59th Annual Reimel Competition will be held on November 15, 2018.


Daniel Sulvetta '19 and Steven Lee '19 winners of the 58th Annual Reimel Competition


58th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition



Steven Lee & Daniel Sulvetta


Award Winners:

Best Oral Advocate: Steven Lee

Best Brief: John Morgan & Jerry Rassias

Finals Bench

  • Jaynee LaVecchia – Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Anne M. Patterson – Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Sallie Updyke Mundy – Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Greg Garre - 44th U.S. Solicitor General, current Partner at Latham & Watkins, LLP
  • D. Brooks Smith - Chief Judge, United States Court of the Appeals for the Third Circuit


Semifinals Bench

  • Robert B. Hille – President of the New Jersey Bar Association
  • Kelley Hodge – District Attorney of Philadelphia
  • The Honorable Joseph F. Leeson, Jr. of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 


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. 


2017 - 2018 Competitions

Competition Date Location Results
Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition Oct. 20-21, 2017 Washington, DC  
41st J. Braxton Craven, Jr. Memorial Moot Court Competition Feb. 2-3, 2018  Chapel Hill,
2018 National Immigration Law Moot Court Competition Feb. 2-4, 2018 New York University  
23rd Annual Tulane Moot Court Mardi Gras Sports Law Competition Feb. 7-9, 2018 New Orleans, LA Semifinalists
William B. Spong Moot Court Invitational Tournament Feb. 16-17
Williamsburg, VA  
ABA NAAC Competition Feb. 22-24, 2018 Brooklyn, NY  Semifinalists
The 30th Annual Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition Mar. 1-3, 2018 Albany, NY Semifinalists

William B. Bryant-Luke C. Moore Invitational Moot Court Competition

Mar. 2-3, 2018 

Washington, D.C.

Frank A. Schreck Gaming
Law Moot Court Competition


Mar. 9-11, 2018 Las Vegas,
The John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition Mar. 16-17, 2018

Newark, NJ

Federal Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition Mar. 22-23, 2018 Washington, D.C.  
Touro Law Center's Fifth Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion Apr. 8-9, 2018


Long Island, NY

Best Oralist
Second Best Brief


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