Jessup Team Success

Monday, February 26, 2007

Leslie Briar, Brittany Littleton, Kaylan Lytle, and Austin Turner won 2nd Place Best Brief and ranked 4th Place overall at the Jessup International Law Regional Competition in Lexington, Virginia

Leslie Briar, Brittany Littleton, Kaylan Lytle, and Austin Turner won 2nd Place Best Brief in the Jessup International Law Competition.  The team also ranked 4th Place overall based upon their raw scores. The team plowed through four sets of strenuous 45 minute oral arguments and wrote two excellent 50-60 page briefs to win these awards.

Tulsa traveled to Lexington, Virginia to compete in the Jessup International Law Regional Competition.  In the preliminary rounds, TU took on powerhouse teams from Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  Although it did not advance to the Jessup International Rounds, the team is proud of their achievement in the competition.  TU “gave the rest of the country a glimpse of the talent we have,” team member Kaylan Lytle noted.

TU has just begun to develop its international law curriculum, yet it successfully faced schools with entire programs dedicated solely to competing in Jessup.  Tulsa looks forward to continued success as it develops its program in international law.  “The team did terrific,” Coach Bruce McKenna said.  Bruce coached the Jessup team for the first time this year. He has also coached the National Health Law team to 1st Place and Best Brief victories.

Tulsa’s Jessup team thanked the International Law faculty and TU alumni for their assistance with this year’s competition.  David Gay, TU’s International and Comparative Law Librarian, was especially helpful.  David sought out legal documents and texts from libraries and universities across the country to assist the team in their research.


Jessup is the largest moot court competition in the world. Law students come from all over the U.S. and 80 foreign countries for a chance to compete in the Jessup International Rounds.  Last year, Columbia University defeated the Venuzuelan Universidad Catolica Andres Bello to capture the Jessup Cup.  Hong Kong University and the University of Kiel (Germany) won Best Petitioner and Best Respondent Brief, respectively.