Jessup Team 3rd in Internationals, 1st Place Memorial

The School of Law’s Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team ranked third out of 95 teams, representing 70 countries, in the 48th Annual Shearman & Sterling International Rounds of the Jessup Competition, held in Washington, D.C.  The team also won the Alona M. Evans Award, given annually to the top written arguments in the International Rounds.

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. Wong also placed fourth overall in the oral rounds of the international competition.

The Jessup Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with more than 600 teams competing in Regional and National Competitions around the world.  The School of Law’s written arguments will now be submitted for consideration for the Fred Baxter Award, given for the top written arguments in the entire competition.

After four preliminary rounds of international competition, the Washington University team was 4-0, having defeated the defending world champion, Columbia Law School, as well as Iowa Law School, Thailand, and Finland. The team ranked third overall, narrowly placing behind Penn Law School and National University of Singapore. The Washington University team continued undefeated until, in a 5-4 match, it lost narrowly in the octafinal rounds to University of Sydney, which ultimately won the world cup championship.

The team previously had won the South Central Regional Championship to qualify for the international competition. Law school alumnus Gilbert Sison is the team’s coach; Leila Nadya Sadat, the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law, is the faculty adviser.

Regional and National Results for Other Competitions

  • Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Team
    Regional Semifinalists, Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition
  • Mediation Team
    Regional Champions, ABA Representation in Mediation Competition
  • National Environmental Moot Court Team
    Best Overall Brief and Semifinalists, National Environmental Moot Court Competition
  • National Moot Court Team
    Regional Champions and Best Speaker, ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition
    Second place, National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
    Quarterfinalists, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Trial Team
    Second Place, Tournament of Champions
    Regional Finalists, National Trial Competition
    Semifinalists, American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition