Loyola’s Jessup Moot Court Team competed in the Rocky Mountain Super-Regional Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition held at University of Denver Sturm College of Law, February 14-16, 2014. The Jessup Competition is the most competitive and prestigious moot court competition in the world, with over 500 law schools from over 100 countries competing to reach the world championship rounds held each year in Washington, D.C. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. The 2014 problem involved complicated issues of international law relating to conflicts between maritime development and conservation, criminal jurisdiction in international waters, and underwater cultural heritage salvage rights.
Loyola's team competed against 22 other law schools, including Stanford University, Vanderbilt, and Tulane Law. Loyola’s team was comprised of six students: Marissa Trevino (Coach), Joshua Allison and Carlos Cano (applicants), Shelby Johnson and Lauren Baudot (respondents), and Anne “Bess” Devaughn (of counsel/brief writer).
Loyola finished fourth among the 22 teams in the preliminary round with a 3-1 record, after winning against University of Washburn, University of Arizona, and Brigham Young University, and narrowly losing to University of Missouri Kansas City. However, in the quarter-final round Loyola defeated the University of Toledo, to reach the final four. In a very close semi-final match against the until then undefeated Vanderbilt team (5-0), the judges gave the victory to the Loyola team, advancing them to the final Regional Championship round and securing their ticket to the White & Case International Rounds in Washington D.C. In the final round Loyola defeated the University of Arizona for the title of 2014 Regional Champions.
Truly a team effort, Loyola’s memorials (briefs) ranked well in the competition helping the overall score, the respondents went undefeated, and Carlos Cano received an award for ranking among the top 10 oralists in the entire competition.
Please join us in congratulating the Loyola’s 2014 Jessup Team, and wish them luck as they prepare to once again represent Loyola at the world championship round in Washington, D.C.