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Moot court team wins regional competition

February 21, 2014

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law students returned to New Orleans this past weekend as champions after winning the Phillip C. Jessup U.S. Rocky Mountain Regional competition, one of the largest and most prestigious moot court competitions in the world. One of the students on the team, oralist Carlos Cano, ranked among the top 10 oralists in the entire competition. The team now moves on to the international rounds in Washington, D.C., in April.

The competition was held at the University of Denver Strum College of Law, where Loyola’s team beat 22 other law schools for the regional title, including Stanford Law School, Vanderbilt University Law School, Tulane University Law School and Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial arm of the United Nations. This year's fictional dispute involved a conflict between maritime development and conservation, criminal jurisdiction and maritime salvage rights.

Loyola students on the team included coach Marissa Trevino, brief writer Anne "Bess" Devaughn, oralists Joshua Allison, Cano, Shelby Johnson and Lauren Baudot. Jeanne Woods, J.D., the Henry F. Bonura, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola, advised the team.

Now in its 55th year, the competition is comprised of participants from more than 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. 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.

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