McGeorge School of Law

Jessup Team Turns In A Strong Performance

April 6, 2011

From left, Cassie Shaft, Carrie Stafford, Matt Fleming, Etan Zaitsu and Alex Thompson

From left, Cassie Shaft, Carrie Stafford, Matt Fleming, Etan Zaitsu and Alex Thompson.

McGeorge's entry in the 52nd Annual Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition took a fourth-place prize for memorials and finished eighth overall in the 24-team Pacific Super Regional held February 25-27, 2011, in Portland, Oregon.

Matt Fleming, Etan Zaitsu, Carrie Stafford, Alex Thompson and Cassie Shaft comprised the team, which was coached by Professors Sabine Schlemmer-Schulte and Maureen Watkins.

Fleming and Zaitsu, representing the applicant state, won both their first round against Gonzaga as well as their second round against University of Denver, which advanced to the semifinals. Stafford and Thompson, representing the respondent state, performed well in both of their rounds with a particularly strong showing against USC. Shaft was of counsel to both groups, providing essential input to the oralists in all of their rounds.

"These students should be commended on their dedication, enthusiasm and tenacity," Watkins said. "I was especially impressed with their performance given how little time they had to prepare in comparison to their counterparts, many of whom began the process early in the fall. In addition to being talented 'mooters,' these students are fine individuals, who enhance our legal community with their integrity and graciousness."

The Jessup International Law Moot is the world's largest moot court competition with participants from nearly 500 law schools in 80 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. The University of Sydney (Australia) defeated Columbia University for the world title on March 26, 2011, in Washington, D.C.