The University of Texas won the Regional Championship of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held February 16th-18th at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. UT Law will now go on to compete in the Shearman & Sterling International Rounds of the Jessup Competition. The international rounds will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 27th through April 1st.
This year's UT team consists of Noah Balch ('06), Teresa Chin ('06), Monica Jimenez ('07), Suzanne Potter ('06) and Natasha Self ('06). During the regional rounds, Chin and Self prevailed over the team from DePaul University College of Law in the semi-final round sending Balch and Potter to the final round where they beat Santa Clara University School of Law. Teresa Chin won the award for Best Advocate. This year's team is coached by Chris Sapstead ('01). Although Sapstead has coached several UT moot court teams, four of which have won national championships, this is Sapstead's first year to coach the Jessup team .
The Jessup competition was first held in 1960. Jessup is administered by the International Law Students Association (ILSA) and is widely recognized as the largest and most prestigious international law moot court competition in the world. Last year, 543 teams from 85 countries participated in the competition worldwide and even more teams competed this year. The University of Texas began competing in Jessup in 1962 and has held the World Championship Cup four times, more than any other U.S. team, and is tied with the National University of Singapore School of Law for the most world championships won by any law school.
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