Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition

Moot Court Competition Judges Group PhotoThe 11th Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition will be held October 22-24, 2020Given the current COVID-19 situation, this year’s competition will be virtual, with teams competing remotely online.  Information about registration, the competition schedule and other aspects of the competition are available on this site.

Read a report on the 2019 competition.

The Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition honors three former Chief Justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court and focuses on constitutional law issues.

Elon University School of Law was pleased to host the first Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition in spring 2011. Each year since, 30-40 teams from dozens of law schools have competed.  The fall 2019 BEF Competition was the largest ever, with 41 teams from 28 law schools competing.

Past final round judges for the BEF Competition have included Judges Albert Diaz and Allyson Duncan from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Judge Steven Colloton from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Judge Alan Norris from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Chief Justices Mark Martin and Sarah Parker of the North Carolina Supreme Court, several associate justices from that Court, judges from the North Carolina Court of Appeals, as well as Chief Justices Billings, Exum and Frye. Earlier round panels regularly consist of judges from the federal and state trial courts, as well as dozens of law professors and experienced attorneys.

Because the competition seeks to honor as many students as possible for their achievements in advocacy, numerous awards are presented for the best team performances (quarterfinalists, semifinalists and finalists), best briefs (best two petitioner and respondent briefs), and best oral advocates (top three in preliminary rounds and best in final round). The championship team’s name will be engraved on the Chief Justices’ Cup which is permanently displayed at Elon University School of Law. The winning law school will also receive a replica of the Chief Justices’ Cup that it may keep and display at its own school. Each member of the championship team will also receive a plaque commemorating this achievement.

Contact Us

For registration and competition information, please contact:

Alan D. Woodlief, Jr.
Director of the Moot Court Program
Elon University School of Law

E-mail: awoodlief@elon.edu
Phone: (336) 279-9203
Fax: (336) 279-8199