Jessup Team Advances to International Rounds

The School of Law’s Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team won the South Central Regional Championship in Lexington, Virginia. The team will now compete in the International Rounds in Washington, D.C., on March 25-31, 2007.

The team’s memorial also won first place and will be entered into international competition in the Hardy C. Dillard Memorial Competition. Team members are third-year law students, Luke McLaurin, Marguerite Roy, and Rachel Olander, and second-year law students, Ashley Walker and Liang Wei Wong. The team is coached by law school alumnus Gilbert Sison; Leila Nadya Sadat, the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law, is the faculty adviser.

En route to winning the regional championship, the team finished with four wins from the preliminary rounds and obtained 36 total points, the maximum available for both number of wins and points. In the semi-finals, the team beat the University of Oklahoma, and in the finals, the team won against Vanderbilt University.

In the international rounds, Washington University will face off against approximately 100 teams, including international teams that have won their respective national competitions and the 10 other United States teams that won their regional competitions.

Trial Team
Members of the Trial Team were finalists in the regional round of the National Trial Competition, hosted by Washington University. The teams of Adeyinka Faleti and Renee Waters and the team of Megan Appleby and Adam Topel won two preliminary rounds and a semi-final round before being edged out in the finals. Washington University was the only school to have both of its teams advance to the finals. More than 140 students and alumni participated as witnesses, bailiffs, and judges, helping ensure a successful hosting of the competition. 

Law school alumnus Judge David C. Mason serves as the head Trial Team coach, and alumnus Mark Rudder is the assistant Trial Team coach.