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School of Law shines at national competitions

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November 18, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy would like to congratulate the School of Law’s Moot Court Board of Advocates, whose three teams placed high in national competitions over the weekend. The teams’ briefs finished at or near the top of competitions in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio.

The National Veteran's Law Moot Court team of Jennifer Richards and Christopher Ferlito, coached by School of Law Professor Margaret Costello, won the award for Best Respondent Brief at their competition in Washington, D.C. 

Samantha Boyd and Alex Brown, coached by alumnus Sean Cowley ‘09, participated in the New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition. The team argued very well in Columbus over the weekend, achieving a top 10 brief score.

The team of Emily Banks, Eva Janta, and Julia Abd-Elseed also competed in the New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition, receiving one of the highest brief scores in the tournament. Coached by School of Law alumni Javon Hindo '13 and Alanna P. O'Rourke '10, they advanced to the quarterfinals. The team was narrowly defeated by Michigan State University by a margin of 1.5 points, and narrowly missed the semi-final round.

The Moot Court Board of Advocates is a formally recognized student organization comprised of talented and energetic leaders with strong communication and organizational skills. The Board and its faculty advisors are responsible for the Law School’s moot court program, which is designed to shape law students into persuasive communicators and advocates. The program offers students a practical educational experience through a specific advocacy course, multiple competitive opportunities, and faculty, practitioner, and student exhibitions.

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