The Case Western Reserve University School of Law moot court team, which competed February 29-March 2 at the "U.S. Mid-Atlantic Super Regional of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition," held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., won the Best Brief Award and the Best Speaker Award and defeated the University of Virginia in the final round to earn a place at the International Rounds in April.
The Case Western Reserve team (pictured in accompanying photo) is composed of third year law students Zach Lampell, Alex Laytin, and Brianne Draffin, and second year law students Margaux Day and Patrick Dowd. The competition featured 24 teams from some of the nation's top law schools including University of Virginia, Washington and Lee, Georgetown, and Ohio State universities. Margaux Day won the award for the Top Speaker in the Final Round. Next, the Case Western Reserve team will represent the United States in the International Rounds in Washington, D.C., April 5-12, in which teams from 130 other countries will compete for the world championship.
Established 49 years ago by the International law Students Association, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious moot court competitions in the world. Named after the first American Judge to serve on the World Court, over five hundred universities compete from 130 countries around the world in this competition. The competition features a fictional case before the International Court of Justice. This year's problem involved the tension between abiding by human rights law and combating terrorism. Reflecting the strength of its international law program, the Case Western Reserve University School of Law Jessup team has won the U.S. Regional Competition three of the past four years, and last year came in 13th place and won the third best Brief Award in the international rounds.
The team is coached by Case Western Reserve alumna and past Jessup Regional competition champion Beth Young, who is serving as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Peter Economus, a federal district court judge in Youngstown. In addition, a dozen members of the law faculty helped prepare the team by acting as practice round judges.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.