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March 2, 2006

Law Students Prepare For Mock Trial Competitions

Twelve University of Iowa law students who will represent the College of Law in next year's regional, national and international moot court competitions will participate in a moot court case on Saturday, argued before a panel that includes two United States Appeals Court judges.

The students are members of the law school's Baskerville, Van Oosterhout and Jessup International moot court teams. The Van Oosterhout team will represent the University of Iowa law school at next year's national moot court competition; the Baskerville team will represent the school at the regional competition in Chicago; and the Jessup team will compete at the international law moot court competition.

The arguments are open to the public and will be held at the Levitt Auditorium at the Boyd Law Building. The Jessup competition begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by the Baskerville competition at 11 a.m. and the Van Oosterhout at 1:30 p.m.

The students will argue before Judge Carlos Lucero of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver and Judge Steven M. Colloton, an Iowa City native who now sits on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. The Baskerville and Van Oosterhout teams will argue a problem about a kidnapping, and the federal jurisdictional and sentencing issues that arise from the kidnapping. The Jessup team will argue an international law question.

Other judges on the panel include N. William Hines, dean emeritus of the law school, and Mark Schantz, law professor and former UI general counsel. The judges will determine each team's top advocate and top oralist.

The Van Oosterhout team is named for M.D. Van Oosterhout, a former federal district court judge in Iowa; the Baskerville team is named for 1959 law school graduate and West Des Moines Attorney Richard Baskerville; and the Jessup team is named for Phillip C. Jessup, a judge on the International Court.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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