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Wayne Law team members named for Jessup international moot court competition

April 30, 2014

DETROIT – Wayne State University Law School’s team members for the 2014-15 Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court competition have been named.

They are:

  • Shahad Atiya of Bloomfield Hills, researcher and oralist
  • Brandon Debus of New Baltimore, researcher and oralist
  • Milica Filipovic of Sterling Heights, researcher and oralist
  • Fatima Mansour of Harrison Township, brief editor
  • Frank Moran of Rochester Hills, chancellor, researcher and oralist

Professor Gregory Fox of Ann Arbor, director of Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies, is the team’s faculty advisor.

Wayne Law has a long tradition of doing well in the Jessup competition, where students represent countries in a fictional case before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Teams from more than 550 law schools in more than 80 nations compete each year.

Teams prepare oral and written pleadings, arguing both sides of the fictional case, and work hard for many months before the contest, learning substantive international law and research methods in the process.

The 2013-14 team was one of 21 that competed in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court competition from Feb. 20 through 23 in Chicago. Wayne Law’s team was ranked second when it advanced with the top eight teams to the quarter-final rounds, where the team was defeated by Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law. Moran earned individual recognition as second-place oralist in the regional contest of about 70 competitors. As chancellor, he’ll lead the 2014-15 Wayne Law competitors.


Members of Wayne State University Law School’s 2014-15 Jessup moot court team are, from left, Brandon Debus, Fatima Mansour, Milica Filipovic, Shahad Atiya and Frank Moran.