The LSU Law Jessup International Law Moot Court team of returning 3Ls Patrick Hall, Kristen Lundin, and Jessica Orgeron—as well as new 2L team members Airzola Cleaves and David Maples—finished third out of 24 teams in the Southwest Super Regional of the 50th Anniversary Jessup Competition in Houston. It was the highest finish for an LSU Law Jessup team in the last 25 years.
“I’m so very proud right now,” said Professor Mark Hoch, who coached the team. “These students really are an amazing ‘team’ in every sense of the word. With their incredible finish and multiple awards, they have set a new standard of excellence for all future Jessup competitors at the Law Center.”
In addition to reaching the semifinals, the Jessup Team won the Second Place award for the Best Memorial. The team was further recognized by winning two of the Best Oralist awards—those going to David Maples (4th) and Patrick Hall (10th)—given to the top 10 individuals out of more than 100 student competitors. The semifinal placement also means a rank among the top 24 law schools in the nation for the LSU Law team out of more than 140 schools that compete.
While winning all four of its oral arguments and three of four brief scores, LSU defeated teams from Tulane University, Kansas University, and Washburn University, and only lost a round to Saint Louis University by the narrowest of brief score margins. In the quarterfinals, LSU defeated the University of Missouri at Kansas City. In a close semifinal round, the team was eliminated by a perennial favorite in international law competitions, Washington University of St. Louis, a Super Regional winner last year and the eventual winner again this year.
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