Valparaiso University Law Students Advance to Quarterfinals at 2013 Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition

Four members of the Valparaiso University Law School International Moot Court Society competed at the Philip C. Jessup Competition from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 in Chicago and advanced to the quarterfinal round for only the second time in school history. The Midwest Regional of this event was hosted by Chicago-Kent College of Law with 21 teams competing.

This year’s team consisted of Marina Takagi, Briana Belligio, John Hutchinson, and Justin Muro. Matt Heiting coached the team. Hutchinson was named the seventh best oralist at the competition.

The Valparaiso team faced teams from Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Marquette University, and Ohio Northern University, winning all four matches. Valparaiso lost to State University of New York at Buffalo in the quarterfinal round. Valparaiso Law was ranked third entering the quarterfinal round, the highest the school has ever been seated.

The teams argued for their clients on several topics, including legitimacy of a government following the loss of an island nation, environmental refugees, and treatment within a detention facility.