Whittier Team Makes History at Jessup

The Whittier Law School Jessup International Moot Court team recently competed in the 2015 Pacific Regionals at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. This year’s team members included Frank Chatzipantsios, Caspar Miller, Giancarlo Molina, Jenna Novela, and Matt Peters.


Whittier Law School’s Jessup Team (left to right): Frank Chatzipantsios, Giancarlo Molina, Caspar Miller, Jenna Novela, and Matthew Peters.

The team was awarded Fifth Place for its Memorial Briefs (the applicant and respondent briefs), marking the first time in the school’s history that a Whittier team’s Memorials were in the top five at the Jessup Regionals. The Whittier team’s memorials scored higher than many highly ranked schools, including the University of Denver and UC Irvine School of Law. The team finished in 11th place overall in the competition, receiving a raw points score total higher than the 4th highest ranked team (in terms of raw points) – Santa Clara, and 7th highest ranked team – UC Irvine School of Law. Additionally, team members Caspar Miller and Jenna Novela received best advocate awards in two rounds.

The team was coached by Professor Manoj Mate and Professor Seval Yildirim. According to Professors Mate and Yildirim, “This impressive achievement is the culmination of many months of hard work on research, brief writing, and oral advocacy training. We are proud of the team’s Fifth Place award for its Memorial Briefs in the Pacific Regionals, one of the most competitive regionals in the country.”

Faculty and alumni assisted in coaching the team in practices, including Professor Tom Kelch, Professor Peter Reich, and recent graduates and Jessup alums Arthur Minas and Michael Ruttle.

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