Jessup International Law Moot Court Team
Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s Jessup International Law Moot Court team had a successful outing in the regional round of the world-wide competition in Chicago on Feb. 11-12.
The team, consisting of Eric Connon, Jessica Joyce, Allie Mooney, Alex Lilly and Taylor Frank (pictured), won the prestigious Best Brief Award. In addition, Connon won the Best Speaker Award, while Mooney was the Eighth Best Speaker in the competition.
After the preliminary rounds, the team was the top seed of the 24 competing law schools from the Great Lakes region, with a 4-0 record, having defeated Northern Illinois, John Marshall (Chicago), Wayne State and Marquette law schools. The team then defeated University of Iowa law school in the quarters before falling in a razor close round to Wayne State in a rematch during the semis.
The Jessup team is co-coached by brothers who are both alumni -- Chris McLaughlin, a lawyer at Jones Day, and Conor McLaughlin, a lawyer at Thompson Hine. This year’s Jessup Problem involved issues of international environmental law and stolen cultural property.
Jonathan M. Ault Mock Trial Team
After winning five grueling rounds, the CWRU Jonathan M. Ault Mock Trial Team will advance to the National Championship in the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition.
Two Case Western Reserve teams competed in the Regional Competition on Feb. 9-12 in East Lansing, Michigan. Eighteen teams from nine law schools in Ohio and Michigan participated.
Colleen Taylor, Kate Masetta-Alvarez, and Tim Sipe competed together as one team, while Bradley Ouambo, Lauren Tuttle, and Sean Sweeney competed as a second CWRU team. After three preliminary rounds, both Case Western Reserve teams moved on to the semifinals.
After defeating Ohio State in the semis, Ouambo, Tuttle, and Sweeney advanced to the final round, where they prevailed over Wayne State to secure first place at the regional competition and earn the title of regional champion. The trio will next compete in the national rounds in Fort Worth, Texas in March.
The Mock Trial team is coached by Sarah Cleves. Tryouts for interested 1Ls and 2Ls take place in late spring.
Vis International Arbitration Team
The Vis Arbitration Moot Court team competed in the 2017 Vis Pre-Moot competition in Chicago Feb. 18-19, and came in second place out of 11 schools.
The team will continue to prepare for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria, which is held in April.
The team members are Douglas Pilawa (1L), Lauren Chisner (2L), Ian von Gordon (1L) and Alison Finn (1L). Kristina Moore (3L and team captain) is studying at Dauphine and earning her LLM degree. She was unable to attend the competition, but provided guidance and assistance in preparation.
Professor Tim Webster is the faculty advisor and Professor Kathryn Mercer assists with oral argument preparations.
The competition consisted of two rounds of oral arguments against an opposing school's representatives. Each side is given 30 minutes to present its case to the arbitrators, who pepper the teams with questions during that timeframe.
The issue argued is a contractual dispute between two foreign companies. There are two substantive issues and two procedural issues that are the points of contention between the parties.
The successes of our Moot Court and Mock Trial teams reflect the emphasis we place on experiential education. The 2017 U.S. News and World Report
rankings issue featured Case Western Reserve as one of the five most innovative law schools in experiential education.