While University of Wyoming athletics has struggled periodically in the last several months, one UW team is heading into international waters.

The UW Law School team competing in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, is heading to the nation's capital.

The team took First Place at the Rocky Mountain Regional Moot Court Competition this past week-end.

The team of Ian Smith (Jackson, 1L), Allison Connell (Sheridan, 1L), Kristina Mireles (Newcastle, 2L), Brandon Rosty (Casper, 2L) and David Demic (Sheridan, 3L) used its knowledge of water law, natural resources and international law to win the Rocky Mountain Regional competition with a perfect 7-0 record.

The Wyoming team won best memorial score and will compete at the international rounds in Washington DC April 10-15 against more than 90 countries.  As for individual awards, Allison Connell placed 7th, Brandon Rosty placed 3rd, Kristina Mireles placed 2nd and David Demic won top individual oralist (with two perfect scores).

According to the International Law Student Association organizers, it is the first time in living memory that the top three oralists came from a single school.  It is also the first time ever that the University of Wyoming College of law has won first place at this prestigious international law competition.

This year’s Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition issue was framed around two problems: 1) in a time of drought, may one state tap into a shared underground aquifer even if it deprives another state of water, and 2) must cultural artifacts taken from state A to state B by an oppressed minority of state A be returned?

The team's Faculty Advisor is Professor Noah Novogrodsky.

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