MSU College of Law News



March 15, 2007


MSU Law Moot Court and Advocacy Board Wins National Championship for Second Consecutive Year

EAST LANSING, Mich. – MSU College of Law is proud to announce the Moot Court and Advocacy Boardís Wagner Appellate Team win at the 2007 Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition. Third year MSU Law students Susan Lumetta and Sean Caruthers beat out the field of 42 law school teams to win the competition in New York City last week.

Hosted by New York Law School (NYLS) and judged by nearly 200 attorneys and judges, the Wagner Competition is nationally known and respected in the law community. Lumetta and Caruthers argued in the final round before a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and New York Supreme Court, as well as General Counsel for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Chair of the New York City Worker Benefits Protection Committee, and the Dean of the NYLS.

In addition to top honors, Lumetta and Caruthers also received team awards for Best Preliminary Oral Advocate Team and Second Best Petitioner Brief. Caruthers also took home Best Preliminary and Overall Advocate.

“The entire team did an outstanding job of representing the Law College,” Acting Dean Cliff Thompson said. “Their win demonstrates our persistence to be among the best in the legal community and our studentsí persistence to take their knowledge from the classroom and display it in the courtroom.”

Also a part of the teamís win was Lumetta and Caruthersí in-house counsel of second year students Rebecca Schuster and Kent Young, as well as those MSU Law professors who helped judge them in practice rounds, including Dean Elliot Spoon, Professors Mary Bedikian and Paul Arshagouni, and Judge David McKeague.

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Susan Lumetta and Sean Caruthers

2007 Wagner National Champions, Susan Lumetta and Sean Caruthers