International moot court team reaches quarterfinals of Jessup Competition
The Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law’s international law moot court team came out ahead of Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin law schools in the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition Midwest U.S. Super-Regional Round in Chicago earlier this month.
Of the 24 teams competing, ONU finished seventh after the four preliminary rounds, qualifying the team to move on to the single-elimination quarterfinals round where they won the quarterfinals award.
“I believe this is the first time since the U.S. consolidated its Jessup regional rounds six years ago from 24 to 12 that ONU has moved into the quarterfinals,” said Geoffrey Lawson, a third-year law student from Lima, Ohio, and team coach.
Team members are Lawson, Ashley Rodabaugh, a second-year law student from Lima, Ohio, Lindsey Alexander, a second-year law student from Yardley, Pa., and David Maldonado, a third-year law student from Billings, Mont. The students were assisted by Michael Lewis, associate professor of law, and Boris Mamlyuk, visiting assistant professor of law.
In the preliminary rounds, the ONU team won against competitive schools such as Michigan State (9-0), Indiana University (9-0) and Marquette (6-3), giving them a preliminary record of 3-1.
Other quarterfinalist teams included the University of Detroit Mercy, the University of Tennessee, Wayne State University, Loyola University, the University of Michigan and Case Western University.
After a close competition, ONU lost to Loyola University in the quarterfinal round. For the past five years, Loyola has vied with Case Western for the No. 1 spot in the competition. This year, Case Western finished the competition as the regional champion team followed by the University of Michigan. Both teams will advance to the international rounds in Washington, D.C.