Jessup Team Comes Home with Best Showing at International Rounds

Washington University School of Law's Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team returned to campus recently with its best showing ever at the Jessup International Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. The Washington University team advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Cup Championship for the first time in its history after defeating 22 other teams in the U.S. national rounds to be the Super-Regional Champions for the Southeast Region. The team also won the Alona E. Evans Award for the second time, an award given to the team with the best written pleadings in the international rounds of the competition. Finally, the team finished as the second-best U.S. team (out of approximately 120 in the competition) behind Columbia Law School. 

This year’s team includes third-year law student Ted Reilly; LLM student Ashley Hammett; and second-year law students Benjamin Cohen, Sydney Tonsfeldt, and Ryan Baebler. The faculty advisor is Leila Sadat, the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. The team is coached by Gilbert C. Sison, JD '00, and assistant coach Hannah Zhao, JD '13, both of whom are from Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers & Glass PC. 

The international rounds of the tournament took place from April 7-13, 2014. There were 124 teams from 83 countries competing in Washington, D.C., out of the approximately 650 teams that competed worldwide for the opportunity to go to D.C.  In the preliminary rounds, Washington University School of Law's team finished 4-0 and defeated West Virginia University, the University of Denver, Yeditepe University (Turkey), and the University of International Business and Economics (China). The law school's team was ranked as the fourth-highest team after the preliminary rounds. 

The top 32 teams advanced to the playoff rounds, where Washington University defeated France in round 32. It then defeated Wuhan University (China) in the octo-finals. Washington University lost to Kings College (United Kingdom) in the quarter-final round. The University of Queensland (Australia) won the World Cup by defeating Singapore Management University in the final round.

Spring 2014