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 2016-2017 academic year.



Members of the Moot Court Board have the opportunity to showcase their skills in various national appellate advocacy competitions around the country.  Competing against other law schools, students argue cases involving constitutional law, criminal procedure, sports law, entertainment law and more. 


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, Kaitlyn Macaulay ’18 and Sarah Burke ’18, won the 57th Annual Reimel Competition in November 2016; semi-finalist and current board member, Mary Kate Marsden ’18, and her partner, Kim Price ’18, received the best brief 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 12-14 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 2017 - 2018 Moot Court Board

2017 - ­2018 Moot Court Executive Board Members

Addison Fontein ’18 is the Chairperson of the 2017-2018 Moot Court Board. Last year, Fontein competed in the Federal Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Memorial Competition in Washington, D.C., where she was a quarterfinalist in a 40 team spread. Fontein spent her 1L summer working at Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin in Philadelphia, PA. During her 2L summer, Fontein clerked at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney and Carpenter. Fontein graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2014 with a BA in Political Science. 


Sarah Burke ’18 is the 2017-2018 Co-Director of External Competitions. As a 2L, Burke placed first in the 57th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition, where she won Best Oral Advocate. In spring of 2017, she placed first among 44 teams and won Second Best Oral Advocate at the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition at Seton Hall University. Burke graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. This past summer, she was a law clerk at Post & Post, LLC and is interested in civil litigation work. 


Anthony Williamson, ’18 is the 2017-2018 Co-Director of External Competitions. A 2014 graduate of Temple University, Anthony competed in the 2017 Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition last spring. During the 2017 summer, he worked at the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Upon graduation, Anthony, an eight-year Army veteran, hopes to join the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Kaitlyn Macaulay '18 is the 2017-2018 Reimels Competition Co-Administrator.  Macaulay won the 57th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition.  In 2017, she was awarded Best Oralist and placed first over all with her partner out of 44 teams at the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition at Seton Hall Law.  Macaulay worked from 2016 to 2017 at the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts, and will be a certified legal intern at the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office in the summer of 2017. Macaulay graduated in 2015 from the University of Arizona with a BA in Communication, minoring in Political Science and Pre-Law.  


Lara Ruggerio '18 is the 2017-2018 Reimels Competition Co-Administrator.  During her 2L year, she competed in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition in the Eastern District of New York, focusing on Trademark law.  She also was a quarterfinalist in the 2016 Reimels Competition. Ruggerio graduated from Lafayette College in 2015 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. She spent her 2L summer at Volpe & Koenig, P.C., an Intellectual Property law firm. Ruggerio hopes to continue in IP law after graduation. 


Michael Mauger ‘18 is the 2017-2018 Director of Recruitment & Alumni Relations.  Prior to coming to Villanova, Michael earned his B.A. in English at Elizabethtown College and his M.A. in English at West Chester University. Last year, Michael was a Quarterfinalist in the 57th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Competition, and a Semifinalist at the 40th J. Braxton Craven, Jr. Memorial Competition at UNC Law School. He spent his 1L summer working for the Villanova Clinic for Asylum, Refugee, and Emigrant Services (CARES), where he continued to work throughout his 2L year. During his 2L summer, Michael is working at the Department of Homeland Security, clerking with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Chief Counsel.


Mary Kate Marsden ’18 is the 2017-2018 Judicial Liaison. As a 2L, she was a Semifinalist and Best Brief Winner in the Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition. She also competed in the Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition at Brooklyn Law School in Spring of 2017. Mary Kate is a graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Mary Kate spent her 2L summer interning for the Bucks Country Public Defender’s office. She hopes to practice criminal law in the Philadelphia area upon graduation.


Board Members

  • Olanike Akande '19

  • Nariman Amin '19

  • Kelly Barry '19

  • Shannon Beam '19 

  • Melisa Buchowiec '18

  • Lily Calkins '19 

  • Samuel Cooper '19

  • Robert Craven '19 

  • Connor Dalton '19 

  • Omeed Firouzi '18

  • Steven Lee '19 

  • Rachel Lisitsa '19 

  • Elizabeth Scian '19 

  • Charles Scott '18 

  • Daniel Sulvetta '19  

  • Danielle Van Buren '18

  • Emily Wisniewski '18
Kaitlyn Macaulay ’18 and Sarah Burke ’18, winners of the 57th Annual Theodore L. Reimels Competition in November 2016

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.


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 58th Annual Reimel Competition will be held on November 16, 2017.


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