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UW Law Students to Compete in Moot Court Competition in California

January 29, 2008

Five University of Wyoming College of Law students will compete at the Jessup Cup moot court competition Feb. 18-March 2 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Representing UW at the competition will be Sarah Bandy (Littleton, Colo.), Kristen Barton (Laramie), Anthony Gibbs (Tiburon, Calif.), Jennifer Kemp (Denver, Colo.) and Jason Mundy (Macon, Ga.). They were the top five scorers among 25 students in an intra-law school oral argument based on a previous Jessup fact pattern.

The event, which is organized by the International Law Students Association, will include more than 20 U.S. law schools competing at the pacific regional qualifier at the Santa Clara School of Law. The winner there qualifies for the national finals in Washington, D.C. in April.

For the competition, each team must articulate the substantive arguments of two fictitious opposing countries based on a fabricated fact pattern. The fact pattern is meant to elicit broad and deep analysis of international law implications and obligations. 

This year, the pattern touches on human rights issues. Students will present oral arguments to judges comprising law professors and others in the field of international law. 

"The competition is widely regarded as an extremely competitive and important moot court competition," says Gibbs. 

The competition is named after Phillip C. Jessup, who, in 1951, was appointed by President Harry Truman as the U.S. delegate to the United Nations. He later served as U.S. representative on the International Court of Justice from 1961-1970. 

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