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March 20, 2013

CONTACT: Kent Love, director of communications, 517-432-6959; kent.love@law.msu.edu

Michigan State Law Mock Trial Team Wins National Competition

Michigan State University College of Law second-year students Ariel Lett, Tracy Gragston, Stephanie Williams, and Jalisa Foster won the 2012-13 Thurgood Mock Trial National Competition. Nineteen teams from around the country competed in the event, held March 6—10, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. The MSU Law team won unanimously in the three preliminary rounds and the finals to become the 2012-13 National Champions.

Two team members served as advocates and two as witnesses for either the prosecution or defense during each stage of the mock criminal trial involving a charge of second degree murder, attempted murder, and assault & battery.

“This great accomplishment would not have been possible without the help and support of so many, including BLSA advisors Professor Nicole Dandridge and Professor Troy Brown,” said Olabisi Ogboye, president of the MSU Law Black Law Students Association.

The Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition is one of the largest, most respected law school mock trial competitions in the country.

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