The LSU Law team competing in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition has advanced to the quarterfinals of the North American portion of the international competition.
The team—which consists of LSU Law students Mary Gentry, Sean McAuliffe and Morgan Sharp—will now compete against seven other teams online in late May, with the winner to represent North America in the World Finals in October.
The students were supposed to compete in Washington, D.C., in late March, but the rounds were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The competition instead graded all of the teams’ written briefs, which had been submitted earlier this year.
The LSU Law team is coached by Zach Miller, a 2019 LSU Law graduate who is currently a judicial law clerk for Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. Miller represented LSU Law and North America at the 2018 World Finals of the Lachs Moot Space Law Moot Court Competition in Bremen, Germany, placing as an international semifinalist.
Since its inception by the International Institute of Space Law in 1992, the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition has grown to cover five world regions: North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa. More than 60 teams compete for the international title every year, with one team from each region competing in the World Finals.