McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge Team Takes ICC Brief Award

February 4, 2010

Nathaniel Clark, Seaton Tsai and Catherine Mattesich

Nathaniel Clark, Seaton Tsai and Catherine Mattesich

McGeorge performed well in the law school's inaugural appearance in the International Criminal Court Moot, hosted January 29-31, 2010 at Pace Law School in White Plains, New York.

Third-year Day Division students Nathaniel Clark, Catherine Mattesich and Seaton Tsai advanced to the semi-final round of the regional with Tsai delivering an strong argument on behalf of the prosecution, before losing to a team from Yale. McGeorge received an award for Best Victims Advocate Brief in the entire competition. Mattesich was the primary author of the brief with assistance from her teammates.

"Katie, Nat and Seaton did an outstanding job in researching and writing our briefs," said Professor Linda Carter, who coached the team with the assistance of Professor John Sims and accompanied the team to New York. "The ability to jump into unknown areas of law, to immerse oneself in the issues, and to produce excellent briefs is part of great lawyering and our students were impressive in these areas."

The Pace tournament is the regional round for the Americas/Caribbean and open to all law schools in the Western Hemisphere. Osgoode Hall from Toronto came in first with Yale runner-up so both advanced to the world finals in mid-February in The Hague, Netherlands. There were two teams from Mexico, two from Canada, one from Brazil, and 11 from the United States in the New York regional.

"Unlike most moot court competitions with two sides and two briefs, this competition has three sides and three briefs," Carter said. "Many of the teams had four or five members so that they had researchers, in addition to the oralists. We did extremely well with our three-person team making it to the semi-finals of a 16-team field."