USD School of Law Jessup Moot Court Team Wins Pacific Region, Competes in World Championship in Washington D.C.

USD School of Law Jessup Moot Court Team Wins Pacific Region, Competes in World Championship in Washington D.C.

Michelle SellwoodFrom left to right: Stephanie Dusso, Ryan Cannon, Peter Stockburger (coach), Shane Killeen, Kayla Watson and Jacob Yang

In February 2018, University of San Diego (USD) School of Law was named the Pacific Regional Champion for the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. The USD School of Law team, Ryan Cannon (3L), Stephanie Dusso (3L), Kayla Watson (2L), Shane Killeen (2L), and Jacob Yang (2L), traveled to Portland with their team advisor Peter Stockburger '09 (JD) and won the Pacific Championship with a perfect record of 7-0 against teams from throughout the country. 

The Jessup Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with over 100 countries and 600 law schools participating. Each year, law students from around the world compete under the same problem - a fictional dispute between two countries at the United Nations International Court of Justice. The students are required to navigate complicated areas of public international law and international relations, and must each present a 22 minute argument before a three judge tribunal. This year's problem dealt with contemporary issues such as nuclear proliferation, underwater drones, international arbitration procedure, and the laws of war.

In April, the team competed in the Jessup World Championship Competition in Washington, D.C., against 100 teams from 95 countries. The team finished in the top 32 overall, and team members Ryan Cannon and Stephanie Dusso won 10th and 11th best oralists. 

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949


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