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MC Law Finishes as Regional Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition


Mississippi College School of Law finished as semi-finalists in the 2011 Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. The Philip C. Jessup competition is the world’s largest moot court competition where teams of law students compete against one another through the presentation of oral and written pleadings to address timely issues of public international law in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations. The MC Law team included third-year students Arthur Calderon, Lauren McCarty, and Jessica Thornhill and second-year students Laura Hogan and Bethany Tarpley. 


On Feb. 10-13, the MC Law team traveled to Houston, TX to compete against twenty-four law schools in the Jessup South Super Regional, hosted by the University of Houston Law Center. Of the four MC Law competitors, Laura Hogan received the Best Oralist Award, Bethany Tarpley was named 20th Best Oralist, and Arthur Calderon was named 24th Best Oralist. MC Law defeated Florida Coastal School of Law in the quarterfinal round to compete against the University of Virginia in the semi-final round. MC Law defeated Texas Tech University, Nova Southeastern University, the College of William & Mary, and Wake Forest University in the preliminary rounds. 


The competition team was coached by Robert G. (Bob) Anderson, ’87, of Butler Snow in Ridgeland, MS and faculty advisors Professor Christoph Henkel and Professor Cynthia Nicoletti.