Jessup Moot Court Team Recognized in Regional Competition

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team recently returned from the competition’s Pacific Regional Rounds at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. The team consisted of Vanessa Clayton, Nicholas Craft, Jennifer Ku, Kara North, and Katee Tyler.

Each year, teams from approximately 25 West Coast and Mountain West law schools compete for just two spots to represent the region at the annual international rounds. Although The College of Law team did not get one of those spots this year, it did win a top-10 brief award. Furthermore, the team’s only two losses in the oral rounds were to teams that ultimately advanced to the final four.

“The Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries,” team co-adviser Christopher Whytock explained. “Regardless of outcome, the experience of working as a team to research and prepare written briefs and oral arguments on highly complex and cutting-edge issues of international law is itself an extremely valuable experience for participants. But it is of course very exciting for the team to have its months and months of hard work recognized by judges in two victorious oral rounds and by an award for one of the top briefs.  I congratulate the team on its performance.”

Whytock also thanked the team’s many supporters, including the library staff, Elizabeth Seeley, who coordinated the team’s travel, and his co-advisors, Professors Tony Anghie and Amos Guiora.