Harrisburg Team Has Strong Showing at Jessup International Moot Court Competition
Web Editor - Published: March 21, 2009
hbg jessup team“This campus only began to offer a course in public international law this semester and the Harrisburg campus was participating in the event for only the third time in its history. Despite these handicaps, this year’s team, made up of second year students Kirsten Kutler, Kristy Kirk, Katelyn Cutinello, Kathryn Schwietzer and Hillary Prutzman, made a strong showing,” said Associate Professor Katherine Mason Jones about the performance of the Harrisburg campus’s team in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition.

The 50th Annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held its Mid-Atlantic Super Regional Competition in Washington, DC on Feb. 19-21. The world's largest moot court competition, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition features a fictional quarrel between countries that goes before the International Court of Justice of the United Nations. Teams from participating law schools prepare both written and oral briefs for both sides of the dispute.

The Harrisburg team won two of its four rounds, defeating teams from Penn State and Widener’s Delaware campus. While the team did not advance past the preliminary round of the tournament, team member Kristy Kirk was selected as the 14th Best Oralist out of a large field of competitors. None of the team members had any previous experience in Moot Court competitions.

“We are very proud of our team’s performance,” said Professor Jones.