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WVU School of Law moot court team headed to international competition April 6 in Washington

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West Virginia University College of Law students have advanced to the international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

The team earned the berth after a successful second-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, held Feb. 20-23 in Washington, D.C.

The Jessup Moot Court Competition, now in its 55th year, simulates disputes before the International Court of Justice and draws participants from more than 550 law schools spanning more than 80 countries. This year, the competition is focused on issues of maritime law.

The WVU Law team – Carrie Waybright, Katie Wilson, Eduardo Villacorta, Hilary Bright and Nicole Annon – won all of its preliminary rounds, but in the final round was narrowly edged out by the University of Virginia in a split 2-1 decision. The WVU team is coached by law professor Jim Friedberg and associate deans Gregory Bowman and Amber Brugnoli.

On its way to the final round, the WVU Law team took first place for best brief, and Wilson was named the competition's third best oralist.

They will return to Washington to compete in the White & Case International Rounds of the 2014 Jessup competition, April 6-12.