Miami Law student Masimba Mutamba, 2L, achieved success as one of the Best Oralists at the Super Regional Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition at the University of Houston. The two-day competition was the largest regional competition to date for the Philip C. Jessup competition, which for the first time brought together teams from both the Southwest and Southeast regions, for a total of 21 schools and more than 80 oralists. Mutamba placed fourth.
"It was one of the most exciting moments of law school," said Mutamba, who wanted to participate in the Jessup competition long before he began law school.
"Arguably, the biggest competition for International Law is Jessup. It's famous worldwide." Even though the competition took place last month, he's still beaming.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, Mutamba wants to pursue a career in International Law. This success is a step in the right direction.
"I would work on a big scale to make a difference for something on a small scale for a particular family, a particular village, a particular country," he said of the type of job he'd like to have.
It's a dream that began as a teenager. A teacher mentioned in passing that Mutamba had a knack for persuasive writing and he should consider becoming a lawyer.
At an early age, his mother, a dietitian working in micro-nutrition, exposed him to the impact international aid can make for a small community, as well as the dynamics involved. He would help his mother type letters for submission to government agencies on the behalf of non-profit organizations and other groups. It was during this time he realized international legal advocacy was needed to ease transactions between parties such as non-governmental organizations or multinational corporations that were attempting to provide aid to state governments.
His desire to make a change would later push him to attend Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN, where he received bachelor's degrees in English and Psychology, then to the University of Glasgow in Scotland where he began his legal education. In 2009 he began school at Miami Law.
"The breadth of experience you could get with all aspects of International Law, both public and private, is what drew me here." He recognized early that Miami Law has a "good track record" when it comes to all things international.