Student Participates in Worldwide Law Competition
An Alma College student has built an international network thanks to her participation in a worldwide law moot court competition.
Molly Sharkey, a junior from Iowa City, recently traveled to Brazil and Argentina to volunteer at the national rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The largest and most prestigious moot competition in the world, Jessup attracts participants from more than 100 countries.
“You put the brightest law students, lawyers and judges from all over the world in one place, and you have Jessup,” says Sharkey. “Last year, I volunteered at the international rounds in D.C. and then was invited to volunteer at the national rounds in Brazil and Argentina.”
From left: Molly Sharkey, U.S. Rep. Brian Sims, attorney Regan Hildebrand, attorney and Brazilian National Administrator Deborah Skorupski, Netherlands attorney Bart Vis, Brazilian journalist Evelise Morais, Brazil diplomat Laura Delamonica, and Brazilian law student Fernando Feitosa.
Ed Lorenz, political science and history professor, encouraged Sharkey to participate. He says the Jessup competition is a great opportunity to learn more about the wider world.
“The Jessup competition puts Alma students in the midst of the next generation of law students who are working to bring the rule of law to the relations between nations,” he says. “The law students I have met who are in the competition are a truly global group of responsible public servants. The competition also exposes talented students from Alma to the field of international law, which is a needed field of study as our world becomes increasingly integrated."
While at Jessup, Sharkey worked closely with Deborah Skorupski, a 1992 Alma College graduate and lawyer who has been involved with Jessup for nearly 20 years. Skorupski is the national administrator for the Jessup Brazilian National Rounds.
“I met some of my best friends from this,"says Sharkey. "I never thought I would be interacting with such diverse people who are doing incredible work both domestically and internationally.
“There are teams from Palestine and Israel talking to each other, and it’s moments like these when you wonder why the world at large is so full of conflict,” says Sharkey. “How can we take this proponent of the Jessup culture and get that unity in everyday life?”
With interests in international law, human rights and anti-torture, Sharkey wants to study how hate adversely affects the world, and what steps can be taken to alleviate it.
“I feel very fortunate for this experience,” she says. “As cheesy as it sounds, I’ve come away with such great self-worth as a result. I can never thank Dr. Lorenz or Deborah enough for getting me involved. No matter where I end up in the world, I’ll continue to stay involved in Jessup.”
Sharkey and Canton junior Lindsey Schmidt will volunteer at the international conference in Washington, D.C. this spring.
Posted: Mon, March 25th, 2013 at 9:17AM