Jessup Moot Court Team
Jessup Moot Court Team: Katherine Youssouf, Hannah Stambaugh, HJ Brehmer, and Cynthia Park.

American University Washington College of Law’s Jessup Moot Court Team Wins Mid-Atlantic Super Regional Competition


The Team Will Represent the United States at the Jessup International Rounds in April

Feb. 12, 2018

American University Washington College of Law, represented by 3Ls HJ Brehmer and Cynthia Park, and 2Ls Katherine Youssouf and Hannah Stambaugh, won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition held Feb. 9-11 at George Washington University.  The team defeated West Virginia University in the quarter-finals, Harvard in the semi-finals, and the University of Virginia in the final round.

AUWCL and UVA will be two of the 12 teams (two from each of the six regions in the U.S.) representing the United States at the International Rounds.

“We are extremely proud of our Jessup team and their accomplishments,” said Dean Camille Nelson. “The team’s fantastic showing – on both a team and individual level – in the world’s largest moot court competition speaks volumes about their preparation, skills, and dedication.”

The team’s briefs placed fifth overall and Stambaugh, Brehmer, and Park won second, third, and fifth place oralists, respectively.  

“The team’s fantastic showing – on both a team and individual level – in the world’s largest moot court competition speaks volumes about their preparation, skills, and dedication.”

Dean Camille Nelson

The Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition is the oldest and largest moot court competition.  Competitors engage in extensive research, writing, and oral advocacy based on a fictional scenario on international law.  The team has been preparing for the competition since September 2017 and completed eight moots in advance of the competition.

The team was coached by AUWCL Adjunct Professor Catherine Newcombe. Professor Newcombe also coached the 2016 team who advanced to the international finals.

The team would like to thank Professors Heywood, Mendez, Anderson, Franck, and Beske, as well as students Laura Collins, Dylan Boivin, Chase Dunn, and Dan Wiltshire for mooting them in preparation for this competition.

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