The Advocates


The Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition

The Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition is open to all students (Yes, 1L's may now participate!) at the University of Houston Law Center.  The competition is "closed-research," meaning that a pool of eligible cases and materials will be provided by The Advocates, and competitors are not allowed to cite other materials in their arguments.  Teams will prepare and present oral arguments for both sides of the case.

A Competition Team consists of two UHLC students, both serving as attorneys, and both attorneys must present in each round.  Competition rounds are judged by members of the Houston legal community who often offer feedback to the teams after the round is over.  Teams are scored on substantive content of their arguments, knowledge of the record, extemporaneous ability, and courtroom demeanor.

UHLC students, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to attend the Final Round in Krost Hall. The 2019 Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition will take place on September 19-21, 2019.

UHLC students can earn 1 hour of non-substantive competition credit by (1) making a good-faith effort in the Competition and (2) completing and timely submitting the writing assignment for the Competition that is described in the Competition Rules.

Click here to complete a Competition Credit Petition.

The Competition Teams that advance to the Final Round will receive a cash prize.  The Best Speaker in the Final Round will also be recognized.

The Advocates will kick off the signup period for the Competition with a learning lunch and dinner session for the Blakely Butler Moot Court Competition on Thursday, September 5, 2019.  If you are interested in competing, you should attend.  However, if you are unable to, do not worry! We will be recording it and have the link sent out.  The details for the lunch are as follows:

  • WHAT: Blakely Butler Moot Court presentation for oral advocacy competitions
  • WHERE: BLB 215
  • WHEN: September 5, 2019
  • TIME: 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM and 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM
  • FOOD? Yes, Pizza for the first 25 attendees 

Registration for Blakely Butler Moot Court Competition is now open until Friday, September 13. Register for the competition HERE or at The Advocates table in the Commons the week.  The cut off for sign-ups is on September 13, 2019. The competition problem will be distributed to Competition Teams upon confirmation of sign-up and will be released on September 12th.

Missed the learning lunch presentation? Click HERE to watch the presentation video and HERE to view the presentation slides.

The problem will be sent out on Thursday, September 12.


2019 Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition Signups: September 5, 2019 through September 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM
2019 Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition Dates: Preliminary Rounds, September 19th and 20th; Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals will take place Saturday, September 21
*Dates for subsequent rounds are subject to change pending the number of teams signed up. 

For-Credit Writing Assignment Due by Saturday, October 5, 2019.  Submission requirements are in the Competitor packet.

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Hannah Steen, the Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition Director.