WUCL Students Garner Awards at International Moot Court Competition

Willamette law students won three top spots in the 2006 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Western Regional Competition. Curtis Burns, Tyler Griffith, Kevin Mehrens, Judith Parker and Mia Peterson composed the WUCL team, which received awards in the following categories: Best Brief, third place to the WUCL team; Best Oralist, second place to Judith Parker and seventh place to Curtis Burns.

"Our students worked extremely hard to prepare for the competition," said Professor James A.R. Nafziger, who served as the team's coach. "The students started writing briefs back in September, and they held eight or nine practice rounds before the actual competition. All that hard work certainly paid off."

The Western Regional Competition was held February 24-26, 2006, at the University of Washington in Seattle. The competition was co-sponsored by the International Law Students Association and the American Society of International Law.

Law schools around the globe participate in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, which is considered the most prestigious international law moot court competition in the world. Students from more than 90 countries participate in the annual conference, preparing briefs and arguing hypothetical cases.