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March 2, 2007

Law School's Moot Court Team Wins Jessup Regional

For the second time in three years, the University of Iowa College of Law's Jessup moot court team won the Midwest regional championship and will advance to the international competition later this month.

Team members include Javaria Ahmad of Short Hills, N.J., Dustin Lies of Waterloo, Andrea Shafer of Dubuque, Andrew Stoltze of Des Moines and Jessica Blome of Panora. In addition to winning the tournament, the team also won the best memorials award.

The regional tournament was held Feb. 23 to 25 at the University of Notre Dame and featured 11 other law schools from the Midwest. During the preliminary rounds of competition, the UI went 3-1 to advance to the final four. They then defeated the University of Wisconsin in the semi-finals and William Mitchell College of Law in the finals.

The UI Jessup team also won the regional tournament and advanced to the international competition in 2005. This year's international rounds will be held in Washington, D.C. March 25-31. There they will compete for the prestigious Jessup World Championship trophy against other U.S. regional winners and the winning national teams from more than 40 foreign countries.

The legal problem that teams argued this year was a question relating to expropriation of foreign-owned property and the diplomatic immunity of people affiliated with international organizations.

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 institutions all over the world take part in the competition every year addressing a question of international law.

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