White & Case has provided major support for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Jessup) for many years. The Jessup involves thousands of law students in nearly 90 countries each year. More than 150 White & Case lawyers and staff support the competition as judges, coaches, administrators and more.
No one can attend the Jessup and not be moved by the hopeful message for the future of world peace played out in the intense passion and effort of the student competitors. It is a story that deserved to be told, and now the International Law Students Association (ILSA) and documentary film company Cinema Capital, with support from White & Case, have created a documentary film, ALL RISE, that highlights the scope and impact of this global competition by following students taking part in the 2014 competition.
ALL RISE premiered at the ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations in 2015, under the auspices of the UN Foundation and UNA-USA, and has been selected for the DOC NYC film festival, the Manchester Film Festival in the UK, where it received a Jury Award, and most recently the United Nations Association Film Festival in California.
Lesley Benn, Executive Director of ILSA, reflected on the value of having a film about the Jessup. "The film will serve as an invaluable educational tool for law students for generations to come," notes Lesley. "It is wonderful to see the Jessup story play out on the big screen, knowing it will allow thousands of people not familiar with the competition to witness the next generation of world leaders as they struggle with complex legal issues. The film dramatically portrays how the Jessup, by bringing together students from vastly different backgrounds and cultures, instills a respect for international law and each other."