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March 03, 2004

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330
Press and Event Contact: Kristofer Monson, Coach, Jessup Moot Court Team, 512-936-1820

Jessup International Moot Court Team Wins Regional Tournament

Team Advances to International Competition in Washington, D.C.

From L to R: Law students Shane Mecham, Benjamin Ellison, Kristofer Monson, Daniel Chadwick, Syed Mahmood

Ahmed, and Abe George.
From L to R: Shane Mecham, Benjamin Ellison, Kristofer Monson (Coach), Daniel Chadwick, Syed Mahmood Ahmed, and Abe George.

AUSTIN, Texas — The 2004 Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Team from The University of Texas School of Law experienced tremendous success at the South Central Regional Competition held in Houston on Feb. 19 to 21. Team members Daniel Chadwick, Ben Ellison, Abraham George, Syed Mahmood Ahmad, and Shane Mecham finished the preliminary rounds as the top seed and won this year’s regional tournament.

The UT Law moot court team will now advance to the 2004 Shearman & Sterling International Rounds to be held in Washington, D.C., from March 28 to April 3.

Eleven teams competed in this year’s regional competition, five of which were Texas teams. Across the United States, approximately 140 schools competed in 11 different regional competitions. The UT team beat Washington University (St. Louis) in the quarter-finals, and South Texas College of Law (Houston) in the final round. The team also won the memorial award (best brief). This is the third consecutive year that UT has won best brief and the regional championship.

UT team members were coached by Kristofer Monson, a 2002 graduate of UT Law and an assistant solicitor general for the State of Texas. “Several of the judges remarked that this year’s problem was perhaps the most difficult moot court packet they had ever seen,” said Monson, who has coached the team for two years. “I am proud of the work that our students did to make that problem easy for the judges to understand,” he said. Monson has been involved with the Jessup competition for four years, including two as a competitor and two as a coach.

Individual team members won awards as well. Mecham won “Best Oralist” for both the preliminary and final rounds, Chadwick won “Third-Best Oralist” and Ben Ellison received an “Honorable Mention for Best Oralist.” This was the first time that three out of the four speakers have won speaking awards.

The Jessup competition, administered by the International Law Students Association (ILSA), is widely recognized as the largest and most prestigious international law moot court competition in the world. Law students from all over the globe compete, striving to take home the Worldwide Championship.

The University of Texas began competing in Jessup in 1959 and has held the Worldwide Championship honor four times-- more than any other U.S. team. The University of Texas is tied with the National University of Singapore School of Law for the most world championships won by any law school.