Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition

Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition

A Tribute to the Honorable Julius H. Miner

Julius Howard Miner arrived in Chicago from Russia during his early childhood. He attended Kent College of Law, and received an LLB degree. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1917.

Never satisfied that he had learned all that he could about the law, Judge Miner attended post-graduate classes at Northwestern University School of Law while presiding as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge. In 1945, he earned a Master of Laws degree from Northwestern.

In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower appointed Judge Miner to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. At the time of his death in 1963 Judge Miner was working on a Ph.D. thesis.

We are extremely grateful to the entire Miner family for their continued support of this competition.

Past Miner Moot Court Champions (pdf)

Past Problems and Sample Briefs 


Register to participate in the 2024 Julius H. Miner Moot Court here!

Judge Information

When to Arrive at Northwestern Law
If you are planning on attending dinner at the law school before your scheduled round, please arrive by 6:00 P.M. Dinner will be held in Thorne Lobby, located on the first floor of the Rubloff of the law school. There will be signs throughout the law school directing you towards Thorne Lobby. Following dinner, there will be a brief explanation of this year's problem, as well as a question-and-answer session.

If you cannot attend dinner, please arrive at the law school by 7:00 P.M. to check in and find your assigned room. Check-in will take place in the atrium, on the first floor of the Rubloff building. There will be signs throughout the law school directing you towards the atrium.

  • Directions to the Law School: The law school is located 375 E. Chicago Avenue, approximately at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.
  • We are more than happy to provide parking for you. Parking is available in the Abbott Hall parking lot, which is the last parking lot on the south side of Superior Street before Lake Shore Drive. The parking lot is across the street from the law school's Robert McCormick Hall and will be accessible all nights of the tournament.
  • Campus Map


All brief submissions should be uploaded here. Please email Kaitlan Donahue and Erin Murphy if you have any questions.

The preliminary rounds of this year's competition will take place on:

  • February 1
  • February 5
  • February 12
  • February 15

The elimination rounds will take place as follows:

  • Octo finals, February 19
  • Quarter finals, February 22
  • Semi finals, February 26

The final round will take place Friday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m. The Rules can be found here.


For questions about participating as an alumni judge, please e-mail Kaitlan Donahue.

For all other questions, please e-mail Kaitlan Donahue and Erin Murphy.