St. Thomas Law Students in Semifinal of International Space Law Competition!
On March 30 and 31, 2012, St. Thomas International Moot Court students scored a major success in this year's IISL Manfred Lachs Space Law Competition at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Working on an exciting fact pattern surrounding a collision of satellites and space-related damage on the surface of the Earth, and judged by eminent experts in the field, ranging from NASA lawyers to space law faculty, to U.S. Supreme Court clerks, etc. out of a field of fifteen teams, they made it to the Semifinal Round! In that round, they lost against a later finalist, the George Washington University -- who they had beaten in an earlier round. They missed the final by only one point. Judges and members of other teams expressed their compliments on the extraordinary knowledge of international law and the original arguments that our team presented, leading to offers of interviews with a specialized law firm and a governmental agency.
We can thus be very proud of the two oralists who achieved this feat -- one all the more remarkable as they presented both sides of the argument. They are: Lanessa Owens and Clayton Lingg. Other members of the team included Ashley Juchawski and the student coach, Adam Yormack. A round of applause is also due Professor Marvin Klein, the faculty coach of the International Moot Court Board, who instructed the team in many 7 a.m. sessions. Other professors who were invaluable in helping prepare the team are faculty advisors Professor Siegfried Wiessner and Professor Roza Pati as well as Professors Robert Mensel, Ira Nathenson, and Todd Sullivan. Other students who assisted the team effectively are Victor Waite, Jessica Klein, and Sean Ford, the President of the International Moot Court Board. Of critical assistance on the subject-matter were outside space law experts Diane Howard (McGill) and IISL member Sylvia Ospina.
Our congratulations are due to the team on all its efforts and success.