Mar 26, 2010    #033
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UMKC School of Law team places third in North American round of global competition

ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law allows students to apply theory to practice

The UMKC School of Law's Moot Court Team placed third in the North American round of the global ELSA (European Law Students' Association) Moot Court Competition on WTO Law, held recently at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

In finishing third, the team placed ahead of teams from American University, Washington College of Law and the University of Pennsylvania. Duke University won the round, while the University of Ottawa placed second. Those teams will advance to the final round, which takes place in late May in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

"The UMKC Moot Court Team performed very well analyzing and presenting solutions to a complicated problem involving intellectual property and trade law," said UMKC Professor Colin Picker, who coached the team with attorney Mark Lehnardt. "This competition helped students put theory into practice, and really opened students' eyes to global issues they will face as practicing lawyers."

School of Law students Jay Tioleco (team captain), Jared Bustamante, Jason Chambers and Aaron McCarter competed on UMKC's team. The UMKC Law Foundation provided financial support, while several professors and community members helped coach students through practice moot competitions.

Open to teams across the world, the annual Moot Court Competition allows students to present case submissions to moot panels on issues from World Trade Organization (WTO) law. The competition's goals are threefold - first, to help incorporate WTO issues into academic curriculums; second, to contribute to the ongoing discussion regarding globalization in the context of the WTO Agreements; and finally, to assist countries in developing their technical legal capacities by preparing the next generation of trade lawyers and negotiators.

To learn more about the ELSA competition, visit:

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