Dear Law School Students/Moot Court Advisors/Deans:

The Moot Court Association Board of the Columbus School of Law cordially invites you to compete in the 2024 Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C., Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2024.

The Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup Competition, beginning in 1949, is one of the oldest and most prestigious national moot court competitions in the United States and welcomes competitors from across the country. The competition presents hypothetical appellate cases based on a variety of contemporary constitutional issues related to the First Amendment. In the past, the competition has contemplated situations such as political activity on social media, free speech on college campuses, and high school dress codes. This year’s problem will address the issues of free speech, religious liberty, and the rights and obligations of private corporations in an increasingly digital age.

The competition will be hosted by The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law's Moot Court Board and will be co-sponsored by the Catholic University of America's Center for Religious Liberty.

The intent-to-compete form are available at:

The $750 registration fee should be paid via check according to the directions relayed to the teams who manage to register within the first 24 slots. These directions will be on the confirmation portion of your Google Form submission.

Please go online to competitions/sutherland-cup/index.html for more details regarding the competition. Additional information will be posted periodically. Information regarding recommended hotels is on the website.

If you have any difficulty in accessing the application or payment forms, please contact noting your name, school affiliation, and a contact email address and telephone number.

We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity.


The Moot Court Association Board
Columbus School of Law
The Catholic University of America