Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition

The Honorable John R. Brown served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as one of the nation’s most prominent admiralty judges from 1955 until his death in 1993. Shortly after his death and in his honor, The University of Texas School of Law established the “Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition,” an interscholastic appellate advocacy competition. Each year, the Competition is held under the joint sponsorship of The University of Texas School of Law and a local host school.

Major funding each year is provided by the Houston law firm of Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams L.L.P. (where Judge Brown practiced from 1932 to 1955) and the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

As in years past, last year we were privileged to have distinguished judges serving as judges for the Championship Round. For the semi-final rounds, we were pleased to have as judges prominent members of the maritime bar, presidents and past presidents of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and admiralty professors.


The 27th annual competition will be April 2-4, 2020, in Portland, Maine.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and will conclude on December 6, 2019, subject to availability of competition space. The registration fee is $200 for each team. Each school may enter no more than two teams consisting of either two or three competitors apiece. Registration is not secured until the registration fee is received. Registering online will reserve a team’s spot in the competition, but if the registration fee is not received by by the December 6 deadline, that reserved spot will become available.

Registration is not complete until both your registration form and registration fees are received. See the links below for more information.

Inquiries may be directed to the Texas Competition Director, Sarah Crockett, at judgejohnrbrowntournament@gmail.com.

Important Links:

2020 Registration Form: Required

2020 Registration: Pay by credit card

2020 JJRBAMCC Important Dates

2020 JJRBAMCC Rules

2020 Competition Problem (password required)

Team Briefs


To review past problems, click here.