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NIU Law Team Advances to Quarterfinals of
Jessup Moot Court Competition

The members of the NIU Law team that competed at the Jessup International Moot Court Competition. From left to right: Nick Atwood, Lucas Park, John McWard and Christine Beaderstadt.

From left to right: Nick Atwood, Lucas Park, John McWard and Christine Beaderstadt..

The NIU College of Law team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Midwestern Regional Jessup International Moot Court Competition, held at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago on February 4-7, 2016. The team included NIU Law students Nick Atwood, Christine Beaderstadt, John McWard and Lucas Park and was coached by Professors Heidi Kuehl and Annie Mentkowski.

There were 20 total teams competing at the Midwestern Regional, and the NIU Law team ended the competition ranked seventh, beating out teams from law schools at the University of Wisconsin, DePaul University, and Western Michigan University. The NIU Law team bowed out after a strong showing against the eventual champions of the competition from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Case Western chose the combination of Beaderstadt and McWard to argue for the applicant memorial in the quarterfinal round on Saturday, February 6. The pairing of Park and Atwood also had very consistent scores throughout the competition.

The Jessup is a highly-regarded and rigorous moot court competition. During each round, both the applicant and respondent sides prepare a 35-50 page memorial and then present the memorials in a moot court experience that mimics advocating in front of the International Court of Justice. Rounds last for two hours, and the NIU Law team argued in four preliminary rounds as well as the quarterfinal.

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For more information, contact:
Melody Mitchell
Alumni Events & Public Relations
(815) 753-9655 or mmitchell@niu.edu

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