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MSU College of Law



February 24, 2011


MSU Law Team Advances to Semifinals in Regional Trial Competition

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law’s Moot Court & Trial Advocacy Team advanced to the regional semifinals in the National Trial Competition, an annual event that is co-sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

MSU Law’s team of third-year students Octavio Duran and Adam Rumschlag and second-year student Richard Patton qualified for the semifinals after topping teams from the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Michigan Law School, and University of Toledo College of Law. Jon Trevarthen and Bridget Sheehan were the in-house counsel for the team. MSU Law ultimately was edged out by the University of Kentucky, which went on to win the final round.

The MSU Law students made a positive impression at the event, according to Veronica Valentine McNally, adjunct professor and associate director of the trial advocacy programs at MSU Law. “Several of the judges commented that our students’ openings, closings, and cross-examinations were the best they had seen,” McNally said. “This is another great success for the Board.”

This year’s regional competition was held at the University of Louisville on February 18 through 20. A total of 30 teams from 15 law schools in Michigan, Kentucky, and Ohio participated.

The MSU Law Moot Court & Advocacy Board enjoys a strong tradition of success and is earning a national reputation as one of the leading advocacy programs in the country. The Board, which consists of a select group of second- and third-year students, competes against other law schools in appellate and trial competitions hosted by law schools throughout the United States.

Michigan State University College of Law is a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


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East Lansing, MI 48824


From left: Jon Trevarthen, Richard Patton, Octavio Duran, and Bridget Sheehan

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