Volunteer to Judge at the Chicago High School Ethics Bowl

The Chicago High School Ethics Bowl competition will be held at Oak Park River Forest High School on February 3, 2024.

In advance of the competition, each high school team receives a set of cases created to explore a variety of topics within practical and professional ethics. Cases are written by the National High School Ethics Bowl Case Writing Committee and are drawn from areas such as: the classroom (e.g. cheating or plagiarism), personal relationships (e.g. dating or friendship), professional ethics (e.g. engineering, law, medicine), or social and political ethics (e.g. free speech, gun control, etc.).

Teams prepare an analysis of each case. During each competition match, a case is selected from the set and a moderator poses a pre-formulated question based on that case. These questions seek to delve deeper into the multiple ethical dimensions of the case. A panel of three judges probes the teams for further justifications or applications of their principles and evaluates answers. Rating criteria are based on intelligibility, focus on ethically relevant considerations, avoidance of ethical irrelevance, and deliberative thoughtfulness.

Judges and moderators will receive virtual training ahead of the competition.

If you are interested in serving as either a judge or moderator, please complete this Google Form.