Cooley students advance to quarterfinal finish in Midwest regional moot court competition


Coached by professors David Finnegan and Paul Carrier, students (l-r) Sophia Cheng, Tiffany Shelton, Geofrey Bilabaye, Allison Witte, and Erinn Kane represented WMU-Cooley Law School in the Midwest Regional of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition.

On Feb. 8, law students from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School traveled to Chicago to compete in the Midwest Regional of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. WMU-Cooley Law School went undefeated in the preliminary rounds and advanced to the quarterfinal finish. WMU-Cooley students were also recognized for the quality of their written briefs.

The Jessup International Moot Court Competition is the largest moot court competition in the world, simulating a dispute between countries litigated before the International Court of Justice. This year, 19 teams from Midwest law schools participated in the Chicago regionals. Coached by Professors David Finnegan and Paul Carrier, WMU-Cooley’s team was represented by students Geofrey Bilabaye, Sophia Cheng, Erinn Kane, Tiffany Shelton and Allison Witte.                                                                                               

In the preliminary rounds, WMU-Cooley went undefeated, compiling a 4-0 record against teams from Northwestern University, John Marshall Law School, Valparaiso University and Ohio State University. 

In the quarterfinals, WMU-Cooley was matched against the team from University of Wisconsin, who was also undefeated in the preliminaries. Although the quarterfinal round was close, WMU-Cooley’s team did not advance.

“In addition to the quarterfinal finish in the oral rounds, our team was also recognized for the quality of its written briefs, earning a top-10 award. This was an excellent showing by WMU-Cooley this year, and reflects an incredible amount of work and preparation,” said Finnegan.


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