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Law students compete at world's largest moot court competition

February 22, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law students will compete in one of the regional rounds of the world’s largest moot court contest, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The regional competition will be held at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore., Feb. 28 to March 3. Regional winners will advance to the White & Case Jessup International Rounds held this spring in Washington, D.C.

Now in its 54th year, the competition is comprised of participants from more than 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial arm of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. This year's dispute involves the factual and legal consequences of climate change on statehood, migration and sovereign lending.

Student team members include coach Stephanie Graf and oralists/brief writers Tu Hoang and Taylor Odom. Karen Sokol, J.D., associate professor of law serves as their faculty adviser.

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