Four members of the Valparaiso University Law School International Moot Court Society competed at the Philip C. Jessup Competition in Chicago on February 9-12, 2012 and advanced to the quarter final round for the first time in school history. The Midwest Regional of this event was hosted by Chicago-Kent College of Law with 24 teams competing. Valparaiso University Law School had an impressive seventh-place finish.
This year’s team consisted of Crystal Martin, Waseema Ali, John Hutchinson and Justin Muro, all second year students. They were coached by Sonny Hodgin and Assistant Coach Jamie Woenker, both third-year students. Muro was named the 12th Best Oralist at the competition.
They faced teams from Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois, Marquette University and Indiana University-Indianapolis winning three of the four matches. They lost to Case Western Reserve University (a team that won second in the world at the 2011 Philip C. Jessup Competition) in the quarter final round.
The teams argued for their clients on several topics including the legitimacy of a government following a military coup d’état, sovereignty, a nation’s right to waive a treaty in order to seek redress for human rights violations, the fine line between forced labor and slavery and the protection given to sites of cultural importance during times of war.