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Ohio Northern Jessup International Moot Court Team Places at Regional Competition

Mar 6, 2008
Ohio Northern University's Jessup International Moot Court team earned a fourth-place finish in the prestigious Jessup Mid-Atlantic Super Regional, held Feb. 28 through March 2 in Washington, D.C.

Representing the ONU Pettit College of Law were Gregory Behringer, second-year law student from Ada, Ohio; Joshua Boswell, third-year law student from Monroeville, Pa.; Ryan McLelland, third-year law student from Lima, Ohio; and Esther SanInocencio, second-year law student from Ada, Ohio. Joshua Jones, third-year law student from La Crescenta, Calif., served as the team's coach.

In addition to the team's fourth-place finish, members enjoyed equal success in their oral arguments - Ohio Northern was the only team with all four members placing in the top 15 (of 96) competitors. Individually, SanInocencio placed 10th, Behringer ninth, and McLelland eighth, which gave the team a first-place ranking after the preliminary rounds. The team advanced through the quarterfinals, but lost in the semifinals in a split bench decision. Ohio Northern placed higher than teams from Georgetown, Penn State, American, Ohio State University, and George Washington University.

The Moot Court Program at Ohio Northern has been designed for student participation in appellate and trial advocacy competitions. Through University funding, the program gives law students the opportunity to improve their verbal and writing skills while competing against law students from around the country.
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