Law Students Take Honors at Recent Competitions

Posted: March 16, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Clarke and Mary White

Last month, four George Mason School of Law students went to Rutgers University in Camden, N.J., to represent the School of Law at the regional rounds of the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Third-year students Jeremy Wilson and Brendan Lynch, and second-year students Jill Maguire and Shejal Desai competed against 16 other teams, advancing all the way to the final round.

The Jessup Competition was founded at Harvard Law School in 1959 and is the world’s largest moot court competition. Last year, teams from 539 law schools, representing 83 countries, participated. The George Mason team, coached by former professor Steve Hill, alumna Sarah Louppe, and Department of Justice attorney Aviva Poczter, competed against several strong teams from the mid-Atlantic region. Mason’s team defeated Georgetown University in the semifinals, but lost to American University in the finals. In addition, the George Mason team was recognized for its outstanding brief.

The final rounds of the Jessup Competition take place each year in Washington, D.C., and include the best teams from around the globe. This year’s finals will be on April 2 at the Wyndham Washington Hotel and are open to the public.

In another effort, the School of Law’s commitment to build a first-class trial program paid big dividends when second-year students Jeff Harper and Joanna Faust presented a murder case that powered past former title-holding schools at the National Trial Competition Regionals, held at Fairfax Circuit Court in February. Their efforts won them third place among 22 teams.

This was Mason’s second year as permanent host of the National Trial Competition Regionals, which covered three days, included 11 regional law schools, and involved hundreds of participants. Chidi James, a George Mason alumnus, coached Harper and Faust. Teams from the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary took first and second place and will go on to the national finals in Austin, Tex., later this month.

This article was excerpted from articles that originally appeared in the School of Law publication, the Docket.

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