March 9, 2004

Contact: John Head, KU School of Law, (785) 864-9233.

KU moot court team sweeps tourney, proceeds to international competition

LAWRENCE -- A University of Kansas moot court team, consisting of five second- and third-year law students, won all six rounds at the Feb. 28 regional division of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Lubbock, Texas. They will proceed to the final international competition in Washington, D.C., from March 29 to April 3.

In 1959, a small group of U.S. and foreign students at Harvard Law School organized and administered an intramural "international law moot" competition. Later renamed in honor of H.E. Philip C. Jessup, justice of the International Court of Justice, this competition expanded over the next three years to include students from nearly a dozen U.S. law schools.

The Jessup competition, now in its 45th year, involves law students from more than 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. Those who perform best represent the law school in the regional competition of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The winning team from this semifinal match advances to the final international competition.

A moot court competition consists of two categories: brief writing and oral advocacy. The five KU team members worked together to create two briefs -- one for the applicant and the other for the respondent. In the oral advocacy part of the competition, two team members research and develop arguments most favorable to the applicant's side and two specialize in arguments for the respondent's side. The fifth team member not only serves as a backup in the event of illness but also sits in an "of counsel" role at the advocate's table, providing suggestions, support and assistance during the oral presentations.

The topic chosen for this year's competition involves a dispute over proper jurisdiction of new international criminal court. The KU moot court team will compete against teams from more than 70 countries at the international competition.

Team member information is listed below by hometown.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Olathe
Alex Knapp, third-year law student, is the son of John and Aggie Knapp.

From Overland Park
David Magariel, third-year law student, is the son of Tom and Ellen Magariel. He is a graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School.

From Shawnee
Dave Lockett is a second-year law student.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Leavenworth
Patrick Waters, third-year law student, is the son of Douglas and Patricia Waters. He is a graduate of Immaculata High School.

RENO COUNTY
From Hutchinson
Patrick Broxterman, second-year law student, is the son of Roy and Cindy Broxterman. He is a graduate of Buhler High School.

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