Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition



The Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition is named in honor of Ruby R. Vale. Mr. Vale was an excellent lawyer and was highly regarded by judges and members of the Pennsylvania Bar. He is perhaps best remembered for his multi-volume work titled, Vale's Pennsylvania Digest. Upon his death, the Ruby R. Vale Foundation was formed, which provides financial support for the Ruby R. Vale Distinguished Scholar Program.

The Corporate Competition is an interscholastic appellate moot court competition sponsored by the Moot Court Honor Society of the Widener University School of Law, Delaware Campus. The competition focuses on the area of corporate law. Each round of the competition is judged by attorneys and judges from the bench and bar of Delaware and nearby Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Each year, a distinguished scholar in the field of corporate law joins the competition's final bench.

The problem to be argued will contain at least two corporate issues of current legal relevance.

Each school may enter one team and may place a second team on wait list. The second team will remain on the wait list until October 30, 2013. At that time, if space is available, the second team will be admitted. A team may consist of two or three members.

Registration deadline is October 25, 2013 or the first 24 teams to register.

Problem Distribution
January 15, 2014

Briefs Due
February 7, 2014

Oral Arguments
March 13-16, 2014

2014 Registration Form
pdf icon2014 Registration form (pdf)


2014 Competition Rules
pdf icon2014 Competition Rules (pdf)


2014 Competition Materials

pdf icon2014 Competition Problem: Court of Chancery Opinion

pdf icon2014 Appendix A to the Problem: 2012 Opinion (pdf)

pdf icon2014 Preliminary Injunction Order (pdf)

pdf icon2014 Notice of Appeal (pdf)

pdf icon2014 Order Accepting Interlocutory Appeal (pdf)


2014 Competition Briefs: All 2014 briefs are available on this page.

2014 Competition Schedule

Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Competitor Check-in at Main Law Building Entrance
  • 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Competitors’ Meeting in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: First Preliminary Rounds in Main Law Building and Polishook Hall
Friday, March 14, 2014
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Second Preliminary Rounds in Main Law Building and Polishook Hall
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch at Crown Court
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Third Preliminary Rounds in Main Law Building and Polishook Hall
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Distinguished Scholar Lecture in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom
  • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Competitors’ Banquet at the Doubletree Hotel
Saturday, March 15, 2014
  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Quarter-Final Rounds in the Main Law Building
  • 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Semi-Final Rounds Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom
Sunday, March 16, 2014
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Final Round in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Awards Presentation in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom

2014 Hotel Information
For competitors’ convenience, a block of rooms have been reserved for March 12 – 16, 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel Wilmington, which is located within walking distance of the Widener University School of Law campus. The special room rate will be available until February 11th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Simply click on the following link to start your reservation: http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/I/ILGCPDT-WMC-20140312/index.jhtml. All participants are invited to join us at the Doubletree Hotel on Friday, March 14, 2014 for the competition banquet.


2013 Winners
  • Winner - Georgetown Law Center
    Jeffrey DeSousa and Allyson Poulos
  • Finalist - Brooklyn Law School
    Andrew Ceppos, Tricia Lyons, and Graham Travaglini
  • Best Corporate Brief - Michigan State University College of Law
    Jeffrey Hayden, Jeffrey Mann, and William Selesky
  • Best Oral Advocate - Georgetown Law Center
    Jeffrey DeSousa

Contact Information

Olivia Italiano, Competition Chairman
Email: ojitaliano@mail.widener.edu

Sean Develin, Moot Court President
Email: sean.develin@devrose.com

Society Secretary
Phone: 302-477-2144

The Moot Court offices are located in Polishook Hall (Campus map)