Jessup International Moot Court Team Defends Regional Title, Advances to International Competition in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team, which defeated John Marshall Law School for the title of Regional Champion in the South Super-Regional round of the international moot court competition, March 6-8. The team competed against 21 other teams in New Orleans to retain its South Regional title. This is Washington University School of Law's ninth regional title in the past 15 years.

Team members are third-year law student Edward Reilly; second-year law students Ryan Baebler, Ben Cohen, and Sydney Tonsfeldt, and law student Ashley Hammett, LLM-U.S. Law. The team’s faculty advisor is Leila Sadat, the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, and it is coached by Gilbert Sison , JD ’00, with assistant coaches Erin Griebel, JD/MSW ’09, and Hannah Zhao, JD ’13.

In the preliminary rounds, the law school's team went 4-0 against four teams, and it was the No. 2 ranked team after the preliminary rounds. The team had a raw score of 3188.5, and for the first time Washington University swept all 36 round points. In addition, the team went 9-0 against each preliminary round team a first in the past 15 years of competition. 

The team also won Best Memorial, with a raw total score of 573 points. The applicant memorial scores were 98, 96, 95, and the respondent memorial scores were 99, 94 and 91. As a result, the team is now eligible to compete against other national and regional winners in the Dillard Competition to again win Best Memorial. 

In the regional playoff rounds, the team won the quarter-finals and the semi-finals. More than 550 teams from 80 countries face off in regional rounds around the world. The international rounds will be held in April in Washington, D.C. International rounds of the competition are sponsored by White & Case LLP. 

Prof. Sadat discusses the importance
of the Jessup Competition

“On behalf of the team, I would like to thank the many faculty members who helped to moot the students prior to their competition, and to thank them in advance for helping the team prepare for the even more competitive field it will face in D.C.,” Sadat says. “I would also like to particularly thank our alums—Gilbert, Hannah, and Erin—for their wonderful work with the team, and for their continued commitment and support of our programs. We couldn’t do it without them!”