Roger J. Traynor
California Appellate Moot Court Competition

Roger J. Traynor Past WinnersWitkin on Brief Writing



The Roger J. Traynor Appellate Moot Court Competition is an appellate competition for California law schools. The hallmarks of the competition are the use of a real record from the California Court of Appeal, equal emphasis on brief writing and oral argument, and judging by appellate practitioners and justices of the appellate courts. The competition was founded by the California Young Lawyers Association of the State Bar of California in 1969, which administered the competition until 1997. Under an arrangement with the State Bar, the Witkin Legal Institute, the Rutter Group, and Thomson Reuters administered the competition from 1999 through 2018. During that time, the competition has presented awards in four categories:

  • The Roger J. Traynor Award for Oral Argument
  • The William A. Rutter Award for Brief Writing
  • The Bernard E. Witkin Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy
  • The Kalman S. Zempleny Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Oral Advocacy

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