Jessup Moot Court Team Excels in Regionals, 
Advances to International Rounds

Back row: Final round judges Frank Vasquez, partner at White & Case; Michael Collins, QC; and Patrick Pearsall, attorney at State Department/Legal. Front row: Sarai Infante, Amber Unwala, Omeed Assefi, Alanna Kennedy, and Nick Gordon.

American University Washington College of Law’s Jessup Moot Court team shined at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Mid-Atlantic regional round, which took place on February 11-14, 2016.

In addition to winning the Mid-Atlantic round of the world’s largest moot court competition, three out of four AUWCL team members were also recognized as best oralists. The team’s memorial won sixth best brief overall.

The winning team members, 3Ls Omeed Assefi, Nick Gordon, Sarai Infante, Amber Unwala and 2L Alanna Kennedy, will advance to the White & Case International Rounds of the competition, which will take place at the end of March in Washington, DC.  They will compete with the best student teams from around the world in a fictional international dispute before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

The AUWCL team beat law schools from Georgetown University, Drexel University, University of West Virginia, University of North Carolina, and University of Virginia en route to beating the University of Pennsylvania Law School in the Final Round.

The team was coached by AUWCL’s longtime Jessup coach Catherine Newcombe and Kathleen Hamman.