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ONU law team finishes strong at Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The Ohio Northern University College of Law finished 32nd overall in the international round of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition on March 25 in Washington D.C.

The ONU team competed against 94 other teams from more than 70 foreign countries. ONU ranked 16th in written memorials prepared by students. In February, the team finished third at the regional round at Cleveland State University.

Members of the team included Melissa Freeman from Athens, Ohio; Ryan McLelland from Salt Lake City, Utah; Joshua Jones from La Crensenta, Calif.; and Oleana Zadorozhna, an LL.M student from the Ukraine. Ashley Neese, a student from Meadowview, Va., coached the team, along with faculty advisor Dr. Howard Fenton.

Individually, McLelland and Jones ranked among the top 100 of all oral advocates. Of the 400 advocates from all over the world, McLelland ranked 12th and Jones 34th.

The Jessup International Law Competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions for law students. With the exception of the Olympics, more nations participate than any other international competition.

ONU has been participating in the competition for more than 25 years, winning the regional competition in 2003.

Ohio Northern University is a leading private, student-centered institution that blends quality professional programs with the arts and sciences to more than 3,500 students in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.