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.


We are pleased to announce that the Seattle University School of Law will cosponsor the 25th Annual Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition, March 22–24, 2018. Competition rounds will be held at the William K. Nakamura Courthouse, home to the Western District of Washington’s Seattle Division.

Registration is now open. The registration deadline is December 8, 2017. Each school may enter up to two teams consisting of two or three competitors apiece. Registration will be completed on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited; prompt registration is recommended. The registration fee is $200 per team. Completion of the online registration form reserves a spot in the competition, but 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, Andrew Parks, at judgejohnrbrowntournament@gmail.com.

Important Links:

2018 Registration Form: Required

2018 Registration: Pay by credit card

2018 JJRBAMC Competition Rules 2018 JJRBAMC Important Dates

2018 JJRBAMC Competition Rules

2018 Brief Problem

Team Briefs

Seattle Travel Information


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