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March 1, 2005

UI Law School's Moot Court Team Wins Jessup Regional

The University of Iowa College of Law's Jessup moot court team won the Midwest regional championship at St. Louis University Feb. 27 and now advances to the international competition later this month.

Team members include Kathryn Auerbach, Karin Holt, Demetrius Lambrinos, Grant Tucker and Diana Wagner. In addition to winning the tournament championship, the team took second place in the best applicant's brief competition. Lambrinos won the award for best oral advocate in the final round.

The win is the first time the UI team won the Jessup competition since 1990. It now advances to the international rounds of the competition in Washington, D.C., March 25 through April 2. There, team members will compete for the Jessup World Championship trophy against other U.S. regional winners and the winning national teams from more than 25 foreign countries.

The legal problem that teams argued this year was a dispute between two fictitious countries over responsibility for a shipwreck and deadly release of a radioactive substance into the ocean. The judges graded each team's oral and written arguments to determine the winner.

The UI team was victorious over such other Midwestern Regional teams as the University of Missouri, University of Arkansas, University of Minnesota, Denver University and William Mitchell College of Law.

Sponsored by International Law Student Association, the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is named after Philip Jessup, a judge of the International Court and has risen to the preeminent position of being one of the largest and most prestigious international law moot court competitions in the world. More than 1,600 students from 300 institutes all over the world take part in the competition every year addressing a question of international law.

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